Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, downsize to a smaller dwelling, or move into an assisted living facility, Louisville offers plenty of LGBT-friendly neighborhoods, support groups, and events to keep your retirement years busy.
Most of the gay-friendly neighborhoods are located on the eastern end of Louisville. The Highlands neighborhood is an example of an LGBT neighborhood where you can find ethnic restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and boutiques. The marketplace price for homes in this neighborhood has risen significantly in recent years, although you may find an apartment within an assisted living community at an affordable price.
You can find a large amount of nightlife in downtown Louisville with bars like Magnolia and Tink’s Pub as well as shower bars such as Starbase Q and Connection. There are several restaurants in the Highlands area as well, including La Que, Highland Morning, Boombozz Pizza and Taphouse, Jack Fry’s, Lilly’s, and Dragon King’s Daughter.
If you are looking for assisted living near Highlands, consider Atria St. Matthews. Atria won SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of Senior Living 2016 award based on reviews and ratings from residents and their families. Another assisted living community in the area is Belmont Village St. Matthews which is rated 4.5 stars on the site.
Each summer Louisville hosts the Kentuckian Gay Pride Parade and Festival. You can shop at over 100 vendors and take in a concert during the two day festival. The 2016 Gay Pride was sponsored by local businesses like KFC, Time Warner Cable, Jefferson County, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Four Roses Bourbon, Hard Rock Café, Bud Light, Walmart, and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
The Louisville International Festival of Film occurs each fall and features films not seen at commercial theaters. During the festival, you can also attend seminars, parties, and events sponsored by companies such as Cellar Door Chocolates, Final Draft, Blue Grass Motor Sport, New West, Xtreme Transportation, Koch and Company, and the Louisville Free Public Library.
There are several organizations you can turn to for support and resources. On the local level, The Fairness Campaign through the Kentucky Fairness Alliance equips LGBT residents to change the world by empowering people to transform their community.
The Louisville AIDS Walk is held every September to benefit AIDS services in the city. In 2016, the walk was held at Iroquois Park and included concerts, entertainment, food, and special guests.
On the national level, you can seek support from The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD), Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Lambda Legal helps LGBT individuals of all ages to fight for equality and civil rights through litigation, education, and public policy. People with HIV also qualify for assistance through Lambda Legal. You can use the organization’s website to learn more about policy changes or subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed about insider analysis and updates.
Enjoy your retirement in Louisville while having fun and starting new friendships that will last a lifetime.
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