Richmond has an expanding LGBT presence and provides its residents with senior-friendly neighborhoods, events, and support groups. Whether you are looking to retire to Richmond or visit during an LGBT event, you can find plenty to do in the city.
If you are looking to move to an LGBT-friendly neighborhood, consider The Fan District or The Museum District. The Fan District sits in a historic neighborhood with plenty of sidewalk cafes and shops. The community is diverse with a wide range of residents from college students attending the Virginia Commonwealth University to young couples with growing families.
In The Fan District, you can walk to the gay bar and restaurant, Nations, for a meal or catch up with friends at the Metro Grill. There are several LGBT-owned and operated establishments in the neighborhood, including The Empress restaurant.
The Museum District is home to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society and includes Carytown.
This neighborhood features shops, like Mongrel stationary store and Phoenix Rising bookstore. You can get a quick bite to eat at Babes of Carytown or Xtra’s Café. Carytown offers a wide range of stores and restaurants.
You can find several assisted living communities in The Fan and The Museum Districts including Greenfield Residences at Monument Avenue and Windsor Memory Care, a 2016 Best of Senior Living award winner from Senior Advisor.
Richmond’s annual PrideFest is held in September. The festival is free to attend due to donations from sponsors. The event features vendors, concerts, and other entertainers. The 2016 sponsors included Aetna, Skyy Vodka, Genworth, Suntrust, Wells Fargo, Amazon, Capitol One, and Richmond Magazine. Plan to spend the day meeting new friends and visiting vendors, such as VCU Health, AARP, The Change Project, and more, on Brown’s Island.
Scary-Oke is held before Halloween and is hosted by Diversity Richmond. Residents can enjoy the fun of karaoke with a DJ and take part in a photobooth. You can also win prizes, like cash, for participating.
Diversity Richmond provides resources including support groups to the LGBT community within the city. You can use the organization’s website to find local events or get advice on relevant topics, such as estate planning for same-sex couples. You can find support groups like RGT Richmond Genderqueer and Transgender Support Group and the Women’s Coming Out Support Group.
Psychology Today hosts a list of gay support groups in the Richmond area. You can find a group regarding mindful relationships or drawing the line for boundaries and communication. Each group is hosted by a professional and the website lists the contact information.
Whether you are coming out after retirement or you need support for you and your aging same-sex partner, you can find additional resources through Equality Virginia. The site features directories for legal advice, information about Virginia laws and discrimination, and listings for national, state, and local support services.
Richmond is a beautiful and historic city with a great deal to offer to seniors looking to spend their Golden Years having fun and meeting new people.
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