Cox: Openly gay retirement communities growing

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Tom Dempsey

Jun 28, 2005, 4:15:10 PM6/28/05

Openly gay retirement communities growing
Cox News Service
Tuesday, June 28, 2005

ZIONVILLE, N.C. — Tucked into the forests of the North Carolina mountains is a gated community designed by developers for people like them.

Lesbians and gay men.

At Carefree Cove near Boone, Cathy Groene and Gina Razete are selling more than wooded lots with views of Snake Mountain. They\'re marketing the freedom to walk down the road hand-in-hand, dance together at community socials, and talk unself-consciously about a same-sex partner.

Atlantan Jeanne Dolan, 53, an online college instructor, bought the concept.

\"I liked the idea of living in a community where I could be open and accepted, even embraced for who I am,\" she says.

Razete, 50, and Groene, 57, are pioneers in the growing business of second-home and retirement developments for lesbians and gays. Others are going up in California, New Mexico and downtown Boston.

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