New study finds LGBT people less likely to be homeowners

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Freddie Mac study release in October 2018 found that homeownership rates among LGBT people trail behind those of the U.S. population at large.

Whereas 64.3 percent of American households own a home, only 49 percent of LGBT households in the U.S. own their own home. These numbers drop for young LGBT people and black LGBT people. Thirty percent of LGBT African-Americans own a home and 23 percent of LGBT Millennials are homeowners.

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SAGE opens Puerto Rico chapter

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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An organization that advocates on behalf of LGBT seniors has opened a chapter in Puerto Rico.

SAGE CEO Michael Adams is among those who attended the ceremony in San Juan on Oct. 24 that marked the official establishment of SAGE Puerto Rico. Wilfred Labiosa and Grissel Bonilla, co-founder of Waves Ahead, a group that is helping LGBT Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria that devastated the U.S. commonwealth on Sept. 20, 2017, also attended the event.

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Lacking resources for an aging LGBTQ community

By : Steve Blanchard
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Aging is a reality we all face. Everyone gets older and everyone eventually finds himself or herself in the twilight years.

But for older LGBTs, aging can be more challenging than for their heterosexual counterparts. That’s mostly because resources and those who provide them are not specifically geared toward the LGBT community.

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Metro’s Celebrate 25 Gala raises $65,000 for LGBTQ youth, seniors and transgender services

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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St. Petersburg | Metro Wellness & Community Centers has announced that its Celebrate 25 Gala, held this year on Nov. 11, raised just over $65,000 after expenses for programs and services for LGBTQ youth and seniors.

The event was hosted by comedian Christine O’Leary, nominated by Curve Magazine to be one of the “50 Funniest Lesbians in America,” with additional entertainment provided by local favorites Jennifer Real and DJ Bill Kody. It generated record attendance for the organization, which holds a gala annually to raise funds and celebrate the community, with over 500 attendees gathering to commemorate Metro’s 25th year.

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