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Asheville rated No. 14 for livability for LGBTQ retirees
Thursday, 02 May 2019 15:42

From Staff Reports

Asheville recently was ranked as the 14th-best city in the nation for livability for LGBTQ retirees.

The ranking was announced in April by SeniorAdvice, an online publication for seniors and caregivers, which weighed 100 factors from livability to LGBTQ representation in government. 

The ranking lauded Asheville’s booming population of retirees — 17 percent of residents are over age 65 — and the area’s affordability (a matter of major contention between locals and list-makers), in addition to the surprising density of senior living facilities. 

The article cited local support networks for LGBTQ retirees, including the Campaign for Southern Equality, an Asheville-based nonprofit that advocates for “legal and lived” equality for LGBTQ citizens, and LGBTQ Elder Advocates of Western North Carolina. 

SeniorAdvice also lauded Asheville’s “first openly lesbian county commissioner” Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and “Lesbian Tammy Hooper,” who served as Asheville’s first female police chief from 2015 to 2018.



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