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The growth of gay retirement homes

19 March 2014 Last updated at 04:16 GMT

As gay rights advance across the US, there is one group that feels it has long been neglected and isolated - the elderly. But that may now be changing, with a series of retirement housing projects opening to serve the gay community.

Many gay pensioners have a particular need for affordable housing. They usually have less family support than straight people and can find themselves at a financial disadvantage too - few or no spousal benefits, less help from children and possibly cut out from inheritance.

The BBC visited Spirit on Lake, a housing development in Minneapolis that caters to the elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Produced by the BBC's Colm O'Molloy

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