Oklahoma City prides itself on its LGBT population, even promoting the motto “equality without exception” through Oklahoma City Pride. It is the largest LGBT district in the Great Plains. The city offers support groups for all ages as well as plenty of things to do to keep you busy and meeting new friends throughout your retirement.
One of the most well-known neighborhoods in Oklahoma City is the NW 39th Street Enclave, also known as 39th Street or The Strip. It is a predominantly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender district. You can find several nightclubs, restaurants, and shops throughout the area. During the day, spend time shopping at Portland Plaza Shopping Center, Bohemian Spirit Village vintage clothing store, or Jungle Red gift shop.
There are bars such as Wreck Room and The Boom. You can also stop off for a bite to eat at eateries like Woodbridge Restaurant, Ann’s Chicken Fry House, and Stars Pizza Café and Grill.
You can find senior residential care homes near 39th Street, including Heritage Manor, Grace Living Center Bethany, and Danforth Senior Center.
Oklahoma City Pride (OKC Pride) hosts Pride Week, a celebration consisting of free outdoor concerts and a block party, located in the NW 39th Street Enclave. It occurs every June and includes not only the festival, but a Pride Parade. OKC Pride Week is sponsored by Cox, Party Galaxy, AT&T, Budweiser, The COPA, The Boom, Tramps, and Phoenix Rising.
Great Plains Rodeo is an annual event during Memorial Day Weekend occurring at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Come out and enjoy such events as bareback bronc riding, barrels, bull riding, calf roping on foot, chute dodging, flag race, goat dressing, mounted break-away roping, pole bending, steer decorating, team roping, and wild drag race.
If you are looking for fellowship and fun with other like-minded individuals and you happen to be a gay or bisexual man, Central Oklahoma Prime Timers is a group of older gentleman (and younger men that admire the older generation) that meet on a regular basis for networking.
The group meets weekly for breakfast as well as monthly group meetings. They also participate in other activities like movie night, brunch, happy hour, bridge, bowling night, and game night. You can also access the organization’s website to find gay-friendly businesses and doctors as well as advice on navigating Medicare.
Oklahomans for Equality is another resource you can use to find LGBT groups and organizations. You can find the contact information for Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, PFLAG Tulsa, HIV/AIDS Legal Resource Project, Sooner State Rodeo Association, and Expressions Community Center.
Cimarron Alliance Equality Center in Oklahoma City provides residents with LGBT educational programs, invitation-only programs, and special Cimarron discounts. The site also has a link to the Diversity Business Association.
Whether you are looking for a new neighborhood or events you can attend after you retire, Oklahoma City is the place for you.
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