LGBTQ Retirement Options

We all want the same basic things in retirement: safety, affordable housing, access to healthcare, comfortable climate, and convenient amenities and entertainment. Those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) spectrum also need a community that is tolerant and welcoming of them. The challenge is that well-known LGBTQ-tolerant cities (i.e. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington DC) are usually too expensive for most retirees. A new book offers information on inclusive LGBTQ retirement options.

Dave Hughes’ The Quest for Retirement Utopia helps readers to narrow down which retirement criteria are important to them. An excerpt from the chapter “Best Cities for LGBTQ Retirees” was recently published on PBS’ Next Avenue website. Featuring nearly 30 cities across the United States that are particularly ideal for LGBTQ retirees, the piece includes three from Arizona – Bisbee, Phoenix and Tucson.

In the article, Hughes highlights U.S. cities that are diverse and that welcome people who are part of the LGBTQ community. Whether you are someone who enjoys seeing shows, trying new restaurants, and the vibe of big-city life, or the kind of person who prefers hiking, whitewater rafting, and exploring nature, Hughes covers it all. There are even a handful of small towns (think population of 3,000 or fewer) that are inclusive and thriving with LGBTQ-run small businesses.

If you’re unsure where to begin when searching for your ideal place to retire, consider picking up a copy of Hughes’ book to start your journey.

— Tobi McCann
Photo: Bisbee, Arizona; courtesy of the Ariz. Office of Tourism