WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (April 9, 2019)
– The City of West Palm Beach has been ranked as the second-best city in the nation for LGBTQ-friendly retirement destinations, according to SeniorAdvice.com which provides directories of assisted living facilities and senior care services. In creating its ‘Top 20 Cities’ list, the website considered multiple factors including: the percentage of LGBTQ population in the area; available social activities; festivals; weather; LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce presence; quality of healthcare; number of hospitals and pharmacies; cost of living; and general awareness of the LGBTQ community’s needs.
“I am proud of this distinction and even prouder of the City of West Palm Beach,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James. “West Palm Beach’s ongoing support and policies protecting our LGBTQ community are in line with my vision of a city that creates opportunity for all, a city that’s truly inclusive, a city for everyone.”
“The city has blazed a trail for other Florida cities and cities across the nation in their demonstration of support and policies protecting their LGBTQ community,” according to SeniorAdvice.com.
To view the list, please visit: https://www.senioradvice.com/articles/top-20-cities-lgbtq-retirement-2019.
Of note, last year, the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index gave West Palm Beach a perfect score for its inclusive laws and services for LBGTQ residents.
The City of West Palm Beach has been at the forefront of LGBTQ equality in the State of Florida:
- In 1990, City Commissioners established the West Palm Beach Employment Practices Review Commission to recommend improvements to the City’s personnel practices and procedures. Within months, Commissioners unanimously adopted the blue-ribbon panel’s recommendations to improve the work environment for the City’s lesbian and gay employees.
- In 1991, the City became the first public employer in Florida to enact an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public employment. In 1992, the City became the first public employer in Florida to provide domestic partnership benefits for municipal employees.
- In 1994, Commissioners enacted the WPB Equal Opportunity Ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in private and public employment, housing and public accommodation. (Ordinance amended in 2007 to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.)
- In 2015 City Commissioners updated the Equal Opportunity Ordinance by expanding the definition of “public accommodations” to prohibit consumer discrimination.
- In 2018 West Palm Beach adopted an LGBTQ-inclusive resolution affirming its commitment to address and eliminate bullying at city facilities and in city programs.
For more information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: wpb.org.