Older LGBTQ couple arm in arm walking around New York City

Everyone deserves to find their ideal home and community. See which LGBTQ-friendly areas are the best to retire.

Every day an average of 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age, according to Pew Research Center. As one of the largest generations in American history hits their 50s and 60s, more and more of them are looking for housing that suits their needs and desires.

LGBTQ persons are among those looking to find welcoming, accepting communities. Currently, there are an estimated three million LGBTQ active adults in the United States, according to The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. That number is expected to double by 2030, meaning the trend towards LGBTQ specific retirements should ramp up even more. 

LGBTQ Age-Restricted Communities

The first LGBTQ age-restricted community to pop up in the country was Santa Fe’s RainbowVision. Since then, dozens of active adult communities have opened with the goals of inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance. They range from traditional active adult communities to low-maintenance apartment buildings with modern amenities. Apartment communities even allow for more urban locations, something single-family communities have lacked due to zoning challenges. Some of the most notable are:

LGBTQ-Friendly Cities

Even if you can’t find an inclusive community to your liking, many regions and cities are known as popular and inviting spots for LGBTQ active adults. Many of these areas are home to dozens of 55+ and active lifestyle communities which, combined with the region’s noted history of acceptance, make them a great option for retirements.

Orlando, FL

Lake Nona in Orlando with LGBTQ rainbow structure in front of high rise

Orlando is LGBTQ-friendly and a popular retirement destination.

The Orlando area has long been a hotspot for retirement due to its warm climate and entertainment options. The city is also known for its well-established LGBTQ community that hosts events throughout the year, including the Weekly Senior Social.


Austin, TX

GSWS sign at opening ceremony in Austin, Texas

The trendy city of Austin was the host of the GSWS Games in 2018.

The Texas capital has been booming for over a decade now. It’s a diverse and irreverent city that’s great for music lovers. If you’re looking for a modern community in a climate with mild winters and warm summer, the Austin area is a great bet.


San Francisco, CA

Close up of Castro street sign with rainbow colors in the background in San Francisco

The Castro District in San Francisco was one of the first LGBTQ neighborhoods in the U.S. Today, the city is still known as LGBTQ friendly.

Perhaps the most famous city region when it comes to LGBTQ living is the Bay Area. That remains the same today, even as the area constantly evolves. Its location serves residents with eclectic urban centers in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as beautiful natural spots like Golden Gate Park and Muir Woods National Monument.