By Abby Ellin
The New York Times— December 26, 2014
Jon Allen lived most of his life very much out of the closet. He didn’t want to go back in when he grew older.
“Baby boomers won’t want to move into typical ‘old folks homes,’ no matter how nice they look.”
“After you live in Key West for 20 years, you’re out comfortably every minute of every day,” said Mr. Allen, 72. “The fear is not that you’re going to move into a place that’s homophobic but that at some point you might become fairly helpless and that you’ll come across some random odd caregiver who makes it his or her purpose in life to make you miserable or to let you know you’re a sinner or whatever.”
So in May, he packed up his belongings and moved into a three-bedroom apartment at Fountaingrove Lodge, a continuing-care retirement community in Santa Rosa, Calif., in the heart of wine country.