If you are considering retiring in Tampa, then get ready to spend your Golden Years having fun in the sunshine. The city is teeming with senior retirement communities and neighborhoods that are LGBT friendly. There are also plenty of support groups available throughout the city, whether you are looking for counseling or just a place to meet new friends.
The neighborhood of Ybor City is nestled on restored brick roads and surrounded by bungalows, condos, and townhomes. You can also find lofts and apartment complexes with pools and fitness centers included. Ybor is home to several restaurants and dining options as well as shops and boutiques. You can take the trolley system to South Tampa to shop larger brand names.
A large area of Ybor is nicknamed “Gaybor” due to the large amount of establishments like restaurants, clubs, and shops owned and operated or serving the LGBT Tampa community.
South Shore is another neighborhood with plenty of retirement living and includes the Apollo Beach and Riverview communities. You can find plenty to do in South Shore including shopping at retail stores, dining out, taking in a movie, or spending some time at the bowling alleys. You can find assisted living communities like The Bridges and The Crossings at Riverview in South Shore.
Tampa is home to several LGBT events and is a tourist attraction with its warm beaches and constant sunshine. In October, you can attend the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Fest hosted by The Tampa Bay Business Guild, Bay Area Human Rights Coalition, and Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.
You can screen the films at the Tampa Theatre and appreciate the works of art with other like-minded individuals. If you’re looking for something fun to participate in or just attend, the Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay in Ybor City on World AIDS Day in December promises to bring plenty of laughter while supporting Brighter Seasons for Children and AIDS Service Association of Pinellas. Located in the “Gaybor” district of Ybor City, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.
Tampa Pride Festival and Parade occurs in March and includes a street festival. The annual festival is expanding and in 2016 was located in Centennial Park. You can shop at the vendors and check out the local arts and crafts. The sponsors listed for the event in 2017 include iHeartRadio, Hot Spots Magazine, Marriott Waterside Landing, and Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza.
There are several support groups located in Tampa, including the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Tampa Bay, Gay Men’s Multi-Ethnic Association of South Florida, the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Tampa Bay Business Guild.
If you are looking for gay support groups in the Tampa area, Psychology Today keeps an online listing of groups with contact information. These groups include Women Coping with Relationship Issues, Gay Men’s Support Group, Brain Train, and Grief Share. Each counseling group listed is led by a psychology professional.
If you choose to retire in Tampa, enjoy the neighborhoods and events in this beautiful city.
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