Memphis is a wonderful city to spend your retirement. It is also welcoming to the LGBT community. The Blues City features events, support groups, and resources for residents of all ages and lifestyles.
Memphis has one large LGBT neighborhood, known as the Midtown/Downtown area. The Downtown district houses the local businesses while Midtown is the residential area.
Midtown is a walkable neighborhood, east of the Downtown district. It is home to 23 schools, restaurants, shops, and plenty of entertainment. When you are ready to spend the day having an adventure in Memphis, visit the Memphis Zoo and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Midtown.
If you are hungry while visiting Midtown, try the cuisine at one of several eateries in the neighborhood such as Café 1912, Alchemy Memphis, Bar Louie, Golden India, and Memphis Pizza Café.
Downtown is teeming with businesses, shops, and entertainment. It is home to 34 public schools as well as South Main Arts District and Pyramid Arena. You can grab a burger from Huey’s Downtown for lunch with friends or dine on steak for dinner at The Majestic Grille.
There are several assisted living communities in the Midtown/Downtown area. The Glenmary at Evergreen (rated four stars by residents and their families on Senior Advisor) and Pendleton House of Love are located in Midtown. The Parkview Memphis won Senior Advisor’s Best of Senior Living award for both 2015 and 2016 and is located Downtown.
The Mid-South Pride is the annual festival and parade held on the corner of 4th Street and Beale Street. It attracts more than 9,000 residents and tourists and continues to grow. You can enjoy live entertainment and more than 150 vendors. Sponsors for Mid-South Pride include Nike, Dru’s Bar, Spectrum, Hilton Worldwide, iHeartRadio, First Tennessee, Service Master, Amtrak, and Miller Lite.
Outflix Summer Drive-In is held during the LGBT Film Festival, sponsored by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (now OUTMemphis), every summer.
The Memphis International Film Festival is held annually during the summer to honor independent films. You can screen these movies at the Malco Studio on the Square as well as attend parties at the Hard Rock Café or brunch at The Atrium, depending on the schedule.
OUTMemphis is formerly Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The organization seeks to help empower LGBT residents for a stronger community. OUTMemphis’ website provides a listing of upcoming events, news, and educational programs and activities. You can find programs specifically focusing on LGBT individuals with such topics as addiction and recovery, issues affecting seniors, issues affecting transgender residents, sexual health, and issues affecting gay youth.
OUTMemphis also created the We Care Call program for LGBT seniors age 55 and older needing weekly support by phone.
Memphis is a welcoming city for LGBT seniors wishing to retire in a peaceful and accepting city. Consider speaking to a real estate agent or senior living consultant about the best LGBT community for you.
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