Photo: Spanish LGBT Eldery May Soon Have Own Retirement Home in Madrid
Acknowledging that some retirement homes can be uncomfortable for the elderly of the LGBT community, a group of elderly Spanish men has been working on a retirement home for the gay community.
One of them men behind the idea is Federico Armenteros, says the home will be “a place that is open to everyone and where no one will have to hide their sexuality.”
The homophobic opinions of many in the elderly community has made for some uncomfortable situations for the gay and lesbian elderly among them. Some have even stated that living in hostile environments has caused them to go “back into the closet” to avoid being treated differently due to their sexuality.
The residence will also have space specifically for those who are HIV positive, many of whom are not even allowed in regular retirement homes.
With his gay and lesbian group December 26, Federico Armenteros has secured a plot of land in Rivas-Vaciamadrid for the complex.
When complete, the retirement home with include 120 apartments, a gym, library, conference room, launderette, and restaurant. It will employ 30 and will be able to house 230 people. Residents would pay 1,000 Euros a month, which is about 400 Euros less than the average price of regular retirement homes in Madrid.
In order to obtain the bank loan, 120 people have to commit to joining the co-op once it’s complete. So far, 20 people have signed on.
December 26 was named after the day in 1978 when gay men finally saw themselves removed from the list of those deemed “socially dangerous” under Spanish law.