Madrid to Open Spain’s First Gay Retirement Home
It’s not easy being an elderly Spanish gay man or woman. Apparently, far too many of them are facing growing challenges created by a homophobic generation. Now, a group of them are working together to create Spain’s first gay and lesbian retirement home.
Federico Armenteros, the man who is spearheading the project said: “Homosexuals who go into homes often also have to go straight back into the closet… This will be a place that is open to everyone and where no one will have to hide their sexuality.”
Armenteros also leads a gay and lesbian NGO called December 26, which is drumming up support for the retirement community. He has already found the land in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, a Madrid dormitory town, but now needs 120 people to sign up. Then, he can begin raising quotas needed to raise a bank mortgage.
“We’ll have a gym, a library, a laundrette and a conference room,” he said. “We will even have our own shop and restaurant.” [Guardian]