LGBT Life & Retirement in Tampa/St Petersburg

  • LGBT Life & Retirement in Tampa/St Petersburg

    Posted by Mark Goldstein on September 2, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Tampa, Florida

    Metro Tampa Bay is a diverse, inclusive, senior-dense region and encompasses Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. Tampa has some of the best beaches in the country and has long been a welcoming place for LGBTQ seniors.

    The area offers big-city amenities, including a vibrant restaurant scene, great shopping, world-class museums, arts, and culture. It’s also home to many LGBTQ venues, businesses, and events, including the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the largest LGBTQ pride festival in the state.

    Tampa also enacted anti-discrimination ordinances, banned conversion therapy, and owns a perfect score on the HRCME index. The LGBTQ population is approximately 6%, one of the highest in the nation, and the entire senior population is just over 12%. There’s no state income tax, and the overall cost of living is low. You’ll also find affordable senior living communities offering LGBTQ senior care.

    Grand Central, St. Petersburg, Florida

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    Grand Central is an arts-entertainment district in St. Petersburg, Florida, located on Central Avenue and 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South two miles west of Downtown. It is located within the boundaries of Kenwood Historic District, a neighborhood of St. Pete. This locale was voted among the 10 best “cottage communities” in America by Cottage Living. Many new businesses have opened in the area, with a large influx from the creative class.[1] The area is also known as a bastion for St. Pete’s LGBT community, including gay-friendly nightlife.[2][3][4] The annual St. Pete Pride event is held here, which is the largest single-day event for the whole city as well as the largest gay pride parade in all of Florida. The event attracts tens of thousands of people to the area. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, the first openly gay elected official in the region, was named Grand Marshal for the 2009 parade.[5][6][7][8] Besides Pride, the neighborhood also hosts a weekly “Peddler’s Market”, similar to a more elaborate Farmers’ market.[9] Some controversy is brewing in the neighborhood regarding the marginalization of existing social services centers, and over a flag-hanging ordinance.[10]

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