Politicians and activists broke ground for a LGBT friendly senior housing community in Philadelphia.
The John C. Anderson Senior Residences will be located in the US northeastern city’s traditionally gay neighborhood. Although the idea for the 56-unit facility has been floating around for approximately eight years, some look at the center as part of on activism that began four decades ago.
‘I started this experience as an outlaw, a social outlaw, a sexual outlaw,’ Donald Carter, a gay African American who began demonstrating in the 1960s for gay rights, said to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The city’s mayor noted, in his remarks at the ceremony, that now those who fought for gay dignity can now have the same in retirement.
‘Some of those fighters are now entering their golden years,’ Mayor Michael Nutter said, as reported by the newspaper. ‘This center will support people of that generation and others in securing their most basic needs for a good place to call home.’
The six-story complex is named after a local politician known for his LGBT work. The ground floor will have 2,000 square feet of retail space and a 5,000 square-foot courtyard.
‘I, right now, am the happiest I probably ever will be in my life,’ Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News, said to The Inquirer. ‘I’m sure there’s going to be another milestone, but today made me feel like a proud Philadelphian.’
Construction is projected to be finished by the end of 2013.