BBC News are reporting that Sweden’s first LGBT-friendly retirement home has opened in the country’s capital.
The Stockholm-based home - called Regnbagen (‘Rainbow’) House - will provide accommodation for residents aged 55 and over through its 27 apartments.
One resident commented that ‘it matters a lot that you are among kindred spirits’, whilst the 90-strong waiting list suggests that others are in firm agreement (including people in their thirties, already planning for their futures). A more in-depth article on The Local confirms that the homes will be LGBT-friendly, rather than LGBT-exclusive, which Regnbagen Chairman Christer Fallman cites as ‘another form of integration’. “We don’t want this to be seen as a move back into the closet”, he says. “Anyone will be allowed to live there”.
While not the first country to support its elderly LGBT citizens with such a move, the news demonstrates how Sweden is being actively respectful of the safety and dignity of its elderly LGBT community. Until we can live in a world free from even the slightest chance of anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination, this is a great step in the right direction.
More homes are planned for the future, including one in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city.
It’s interesting to note that Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark don’t have a national minimum wage at all yet have some of the highest wages. This is mostly due to workers being highly unionized and believe "a national minimum wage would interfere with collective bargaining, and it might even bring the price of labor down." This has led to a very strong degree of cooperation between employers and workers.
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