Santa Fe to Welcome Gay and Lesbian Retirees

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) - Gay? Gray? How about Santa Fe?
Construction will begin in a few months in Santa Fe on a retirement and assisted living community for gay and lesbian seniors, developers said.

The project’s organizers think the high desert plains and the city’s welcoming attitude will turn the northern New Mexico area into a perfect spot for gay and lesbian seniors who want to spend their golden years around others who understand their sexual orientation.

“Ever since gay people started coming out of the closet in the 1970s, they have been talking about what to do when they get old. Well, we’re getting older now and the time is right,” said Joy Silver, 48, president of RainbowVision Properties, which is set to break ground this spring on 146 condominiums and apartments for sale and rent.

Silver is hoping to complete the $28 million project by 2005.

She said the plan started gaining momentum when 2000 U.S. Census Bureau figures ranked Santa Fe second only to San Francisco in the percentage of households headed by same-sex couples.

Jan 14, 10:31 AM (ET) 2004


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