NYC Opens Full-Service LGBT Senior Center

The center in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood opened in January.

Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  Updated 11:06 AM EDT
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New York has opened what the city's officials are billing as the nation's first full-service center for seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

City officials say the new LGBT facility is specifically geared to the needs of this segment of the population, whose members sometimes feel isolated from other seniors. The center in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood opened in January.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it's time to change the "one-size-fits-all" approach that has traditionally shaped senior centers.

The new facility will serve LGBT seniors in the city's five boroughs, helping them with everything from health and wellness to meals and technology.

Department for the Aging spokesman Christopher Miller says many LGBT seniors have encountered discrimination at general senior centers.

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