Nation’s Top LGBT-Friendly Senior Living Right Here in the ProSuzy Community

| December 6, 2017

Palmetto and Fort Myers are home to two of the top 15 LGBT-friendly senior living communities in the US, according to a report just released by, one of the nation’s top senior housing referral services. As attitudes and awareness about the LGBT community have changed around the country, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are finding they now have more choices when it comes to living out their silver years in a senior living community.

Today, there are many LGBT-friendly senior communities popping up all around the country. The first and second communities on the list are located right here in the ProSuzy community — Palms of Manasota in Palmetto and The Resort on Carefree Boulevard in Fort Myers. All 15 communities around the US are listed below.

1. The Palms of Manasota in Palmetto, Florida
 This is one of the most popular and well-known communities of its kind in the country, partly because they were the first retirement community in America to openly welcome LGBT seniors. The Palms is a vibrant, thriving place to live. It is located in the Tampa Bay area between St. Petersburg and Sarasota. There are two areas or phases, one with 21 stand-alone homes and another with 2 condos and duplex units. Each group has a separate condo association but they are all recognized to be part of the same community. Residents report a friendly, warm atmosphere with activities, comfortable and beautiful common areas, and a convenient location.

For more information, see The Palms of Manasota.

2. The Resort on Carefree Boulevard in Fort Myers
The Resort is a women-only community and includes more than 50 acres with over 250 homes and RV lots, all with a beautiful, nature-focused setting. Many of the home sites include sunny Florida views of freshwater lakes and preserves. This place is a popular vacation spot for many while others choose to make it their year-round home. There are beautiful vistas, meticulous common areas for swimming, outdoor living, and plenty of activities for residents and visitors to enjoy the popular Southwest Florida lifestyle.

More information can be found at The Resort on Carefree Boulevard.

The top fifteen LGBT-friendly senior housing communities in America are:

    The Palms of Manasota in Palmetto, Florida
    The Resort on Carefree Boulevard in Fort Myers, FL
    Stonewall Gardens in Palm Springs, California
    Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, CA
    Triangle Square in Hollywood, CA
    Rainbow Vista in Gresham, Oregon
    Discovery Bay Resort in Washington State
    The Residences at Seashore Point in Provincetown, MA
    Birds of a Feather in Pecos, NM
    A Place for Us in Cleveland, OH
    Carefree Cove in Boone, North Carolina
    John C. Anderson Apartments in Philadelphia, PA
    The Pueblo in Apache Junction, Arizona
    Spirit on Lake in Minneapolis, MN
    Townhall Apartments in Chicago, Illinois

There is generally less acceptance of the LGBT community among older generations, which can make it very difficult to find a supportive community within the senior demographic. It is estimated that “48 percent of LGBT older couples face discrimination” according to a 2014 investigation by the nonprofit Equal Rights Center.** In addition to discrimination issues, this community can sometimes encounter financial difficulties as well. These seniors can experience discrimination in the workplace, which can make it hard to afford senior housing and save for retirement. recognizes these challenges and aims to be a strong resource for LGBT seniors.

Ryan Patterson, CEO and Founder states, “ will continue to be dedicated and focus on the challenges and needs of seniors of all backgrounds. The LGBTQ senior community faces additional challenges that other seniors do not have to deal with, and we like to provide resources aimed at this group to help make transitioning to senior housing easier for all involved.” has previously released articles on the “Americas Best Cities for Gay Friendly Retirement,” “LGBT Assisted Living Communities – Finding a Gay-Friendly Facility,” and “The Struggles and Triumphs of Transgender Seniors.”

Launched in 2016, connects older people and their support systems to more than 50,000 housing options. The free senior living search engine contains comprehensive information on providers nationwide, including assisted living, nursing homes, memory care, home healthcare, independent living, adult day services, retirement homes, respite care, and hospice.


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