LGBT Philly Takes Care of Its Own

2.25.2014

By Neal Broverman

Philadelphia cuts the ribbon on its first housing development for LGBT seniors.

Philadelphia beefed up its LGBT-friendly cred with Monday's opening of the John C. Anderson apartments, the city's first housing development for LGBT seniors.

The $19.5 million complex was festooned with rainbow colored banners for Monday's ceremony — which featured dignitaries like Mayor Michael Nutter — though seniors moved into the apartments last month.

"Being an LGBT friendly community, the largest development of its kind in the United States of America clearly shows Philadelphia as leading the way on human rights and LGBT rights issues," the mayor said at the event.

The apartments are located in Philly's vibrant gay village and specifically house low-income LGBT seniors, many of whom were priced out of the neighborhood. Studies show LGBT seniors are more susceptible to to isolation and poverty than their straight peers and many cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles, are responding by building subsidized housing for them.

"If we don't take care of our LGBT seniors, we're not taking care of our community and that's what real community is about," Mark Segal, the founder of the Philadelphia Gay News and a major proponent of the new apartments, told the CBS affiliate. Watch more about the opening below.

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