According to an article with the Dallas Voice, a study shows that Fort Worth may be more “gay-friendly” than Dallas. Whether this is true remains to be seen as the results do leave out single people not in a relationship. Fort Worth does offer plenty of LGBT events to keep you busy and meeting new people as well as support groups and resources.
The LGBT population tends to be peppered throughout the city instead of one or two specific neighborhoods. You can find shops and most of the gay bars in the Southside neighborhood, although the majority of nightlife is found in Dallas. You can find the famous Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth as well as other clubs and bars like Best Friends Club, Changes, Crossroads Lounge, Percussions Lounge, and 1851 Club.
While you are out, consider visiting one of the nearby restaurants like Spice, Cannon Chinese Kitchen, Tony’s Pizza Pasta and Subs, Pouring Glory, Jesus BBQ, Shinjuku Station, Le’s Wok, and Cane Rosso.
If you are looking for an assisted living community in the Southside neighborhood, consider Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care which houses 30 private apartments.
Tarrant County hosts an annual Gay Pride Week each fall to celebrate Fort Worth’s LGBT community. You can participate in the Pride Parade, visit the street vendors, enjoy the entertainment, and meet new friends at the Pride Picnic.
Tarrant County also hosts other events throughout the year including Pride Adult Valentine Bingo in February, Pride Easter Hunt and Pride Pet Festival in March, Cinco Bingo in May, Pride Sizzlin’ Summer Bingo in June, and Holiday Bingo in November, as well as parades in other cities within the county.
Fort Worth G&L International Film Festival takes place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through a monthly series that begins in June and runs through September.
If you enjoy watching films not typically seen on a commercial screen, consider attending QCinema’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival in November. The three day festival is held at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
If you are looking for support and resources in Fort Worth, the Tarrant County Lesbian and Gay Alliance can help. The organization’s website will keep you updated about the latest news in the community including Supreme Court rulings.
You can also find links to other resources and organizations such as Best Friends Club, Human Relations Commission, Health Education Learning Project, Sexuality Education Center, Lambda Legal Defense, Equality Texas, American Civil Liberties Union, AIDS Outreach Center, PFLAG, and the Fort Worth Transgender Support Group.
A national resource you should consider is SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders). This resource provides information on finances for older LGBT people, networking, and programs on caregiving, marriage, and workforce readiness.
If you are looking for an LGBT-friendly community, then Fort Worth may be the city for you during your retirement years.
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