More than 185,000 people reside in Knoxville. It is the third largest city in Tennessee. While the city was once a historical site where a civil war took place, it is now a metropolitan area filled with shopping centers. There are plenty of LGBT-friendly places to make gay and lesbian seniors feel welcome.
West Knoxville is one of the most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods in the area. Kingston Pike is one of the focal points for the area, with neighborhoods like Sequoyah Hills and Cumberland Estates centered around it. The area is popular thanks to the many retail shops. West Town Mall is also located in this part of town.
Manorhouse Assisted Living is a great place for seniors to live, as it is just a 10 minute drive from the West Town Mall. There are also many activities held at this location, allowing the residents to interact with each other.
Roughly 8 minutes to the north of the West Town Mall is Atria Weston Place. This senior housing location offers complimentary transportation to appointments and local visits. Pets are also allowed, providing companionship to those who need it.
Club XYZ has one been voted the best gay bar around, earning the title in 2010 from MetroPulse. It is located on Central Street. The gay nightclub features karaoke, dancing, and drag shows.
The Edge is located on Kingston Pike. It includes a showroom and a side patio area. Food and alcohol are both served, while live music plays and drag shows are held. The Edge opens at 5 p.m, which allows seniors plenty of time to come and enjoy the atmosphere, without having to stay out too late.
There are also a number of restaurants in Knoxville where members of the LGBT community can feel free to be themselves. Cafe 4 is one possibility. The hip, urban cafe offers a unique men. Southern/creole cuisine is offered with a mediterranean twist. Baker Peters Jazz Club is another fun option. The historical mansion has been turned into a sophisticated steakhouse. Patrons can enjoy a meal while live jazz music plays. There is even a back patio so the outdoor atmosphere can be enjoyed.
The Frank R. Strang Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. LGBT seniors interested in partaking in a support group, class, or club can speak with a representative to learn more about the many offerings available. Music, art, and fitness are just a few of the classes offered that allow people who share similar interests to come together.
There are three additional senior centers in Knoxville. The John T. O’Connor Senior Citizens Center, Larry Cox Senior Center, and South Knoxville Community Center each offers its own set of support groups and activities. Dance and aerobics are two possible activities to partake in.
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