Grad student aims to create a safe haven for gay and lesbian retirees

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VANCOUVER - A grad student wants to try to give gay and lesbian retirees in British Columbia a comfortable place to spend their golden years.

Alex Sangha is trying to raise $25,000 dollars for a feasibility study for a retirement home catering to the gay community.

It's part of his masters degree in social work at Nova Scotia's Dalhousie University.

Sangha, who is from Vancouver, says homosexuals often face and fear discrimination in retirement homes, forcing them to go back into the closet during their twilight years.

Sangha also says many don't have family to rely on for support and comfort, leading to depression and even suicide.

He says many older gay and transgendered people have fought for equality their whole lives and deserve a happy retirement.

Such retirement homes already exist in limited numbers across the United States.

Organizations: Dalhousie University

Geographic location: VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nova Scotia United States

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