Sweden gets first LGBT senior housing

Published fredag 22 november 2013 kl 09:15
Lars Mononen, vice ordförande i Regnbågen kooperativ hyresrättsförening och hans granne Lena Wallerfelt som bor i ett annat seniorboende som inte är för HBTQ-personer. Foto: Peter Johansson/Sveriges Radio
Lars Mononen, deputy chair of the Regnbågen (The rainbow) senior housing complex and Lena Wallerfelt. Photo: Peter Johansson/Swedish Radio

Sweden has opened its first senior housing facility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in central Stockholm.

In order to get an apartment in the eight-storey Rainbow senior housing complex, a tenant must be 55 years old, or older.

Torgny Engström came from Luleå and moved into the Rainbow apartments last week. He says that there are several reasons why he moved to senior housing he says.

"Because it is located in central Stockholm, and also because I'm living with like-minded people. I'm almost 70 years old and I don't need to run out to  the art galleries or the malls. I'd like to stay at home and here – one finds friends," he said.

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