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NYC Councilman hopes to build a center for LGBT seniors in the Bronx

 “Unfortunately, we see many gay elders go back into the closet as they age. Many retirement communities and nursing services are not welcoming or accommodating.”

Ritchie Torres. Photo: Brian Frinke

Ritchie Torres. Photo: Brian Frinke

Kira Garcia, a spokesperson for Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), referring to the proposal by Ritchie Torres to build a community center for gay seniors in the Bronx. Torres, 26, the first openly gay councilmember from the Bronx, told New York Magazine, “I see the Bronx as the Bible Belt of New York City. It’s tough. It’s hard to be gay there.” He has secured some funding for the project, which he sees as helping “the most underserved part of the most underserved New Yorkers.”

Source: New York Magazine 

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