A first-in-the-nation complex to be built in Hollywood would house about 200 LGBT seniors and young adults on the same campus.
Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is building the $100 million complex, calls the two generation groups “the two most vulnerable parts of our community.”
She said it will help get LGBT teens, who make up a disproportionate number of homeless young people, off the streets.
And she said it’ll give older adults an alternative to senior living facilities where they sometimes face discrimination.
“Residents treat them poorly because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity so this is a place where they can be who they are,” Jean said.
The building, which will be called the Anita May Rosenstein Campus, will also allow LGBT youth and seniors to interact more, said Michael Adams of the national LGBT aging group, SAGE.
Adams said LGBT Americans are four times less likely to have kids than their straight counterparts, so many don’t often have the chance to interact with younger people, and don’t have children to help take care of them in older age. […]