LGBT Senior Services in Dallas

LGBT Senior Services in Dallas

Dallas is all about big hair, big parties, and a big LGBT community. With the country’s 6th-largest LGBT population, the Big D offers two gay-friendly neighborhoods, a thriving GLBT Chamber of Commerce, plenty of places to meet friends and make friends, and one of the nation’s biggest LBGT community centers.

Welcome to the neighborhood

The upscale Oak Lawn area of Dallas is the city’s original “gayborhood.” LGBT clubs line Cedar Springs Road, along with restaurants and boutiques. Along with the legendary J.R.’s and Sue Ellen’s, the Cedar Springs nightlife scene offers something for everyone, like the western-themed Round-up Saloon, Cuban-style dinner and dancing at Havana Lounge, Woody’s Sports Bar, and Alexandre’s cabaret and karaoke lounge.

Just north of the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Meadowstone Place offers easy, pet-friendly independent living, with fine dining, housekeeping services, and transportation so residents can get out without the hassle of driving and parking.

Southwest of downtown in the Oak Cliff area, the Bishop Arts District bills itself as “Dallas’ Most Independent Neighborhood.” The district is home to dozens of independently owned shops, eateries, clubs, and galleries to give visitors and residents an authentic Big D experience. And Bishop likes to party. From Mardi Gras to Bastille Day to Christmas, the area plays host to street festivals and bazaars throughout the year.

The Meridian at Kessler senior apartment complex is located just west of the Bishop Arts District. The Meridian offers free transportation for errands and outings, and has plenty of parking for residents, too.

A busy social calendar

The LGBT festivities aren’t limited to Oak Lawn and the Bishop Arts District. Dallas Pride, a group run by the Dallas Tavern Guild, sponsors a number of Pride Week events every year, such as Gay Day at Six Flags Arlington, dance contests, and the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

During the rest of the year, Dallas Pride events include black-tie fundraiser dinners for the Human Rights Campaign, HIV fundraising walks, and the annual Voice of Pride talent competition. For seniors who are interested in business, the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce hosts regular events like speakers, lunches, and the annual GLBT Community and Business Expo.

A close-knit community

Resource Dallas is the biggest social service group for LGBT people in North Texas, and its programs reach tens of thousands of Texans every year. Seniors can get involved through Resource Dallas’ volunteer opportunities. And there are Resource Dallas events and services for seniors, too, through its Gray Pride program. From the “Senior Prom” to community education classes and lunches at the Gray Pride Café, there’s always something to do and something new to learn.

There’s a thriving LGBT spiritual community in Dallas, too. The Cathedral of Hope, a United Church of Christ affiliate, is the biggest LGBT church in the world, with some 30,000 members who participate in charity and social-justice events year-round.

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Casey Kelly-Barton is an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was made awesome by her grandmothers, great-grandmother, great-aunts and -uncles, and their friends.

5 Comments

  1. Dan July 5, 2015 Reply

    Although well intentioned the article is unrealistic for LGBT seniors who are low income or living only on a Social Security check. The two retirement homes mentioned would laugh one out the door. Dallas can be great for LGBT seniors with money. Otherwise it can be pretty bleak.

  2. D Rick November 20, 2017 Reply

    Dan is a downer. DFW is actually the 4th largest region in the us, not that we care. If you’re comparing American cities, Dallas is far cheaper. This is a foolish argument between us though. Folks should query rent statistics.

    It seems that you have a bleak perspective overall.

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