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Sweden's gays may have a nursing home soon

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 7 (UPI) -- Stockholm's move to privatize nursing home care is a benefit to elderly Swedish homosexuals, say gays who hope to soon have a nursing home of their own.

The Local reported Tuesday while Stockholm's government supports the idea of a gay-friendly nursing home, finding public funding was a stumbling block. Private groups will support a nursing facility for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals if they see the ability to turn a profit, Christer Fallman, a leader in planning for a gay-friendly nursing home, told the Swedish newspaper.

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Fallman is working with the groups that manage existing nursing homes in Stockholm to gauge the level of interest in the gay community.

The idea of a gay-oriented nursing home has been discussed for more than 10 years in Sweden.

Fallman said such a facility would welcome straight people as well, but will publicize its positive attitude to gays and lesbians.

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