Armistead Maupin, author of #8220;Tales of the City,

at the Lake Merritt Hotel, sharing his enthusiasm about the launch of one of the country’s first urban independent-living communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors—Barbary Lane Communities at Lake Merritt.

Although “the elegant old building” of the Lake Merritt Hotel is itself “a stunner,” Maupin said, the new community’s “true beauty lies in its intention.” Like the fictional community at 28 Barbary Lane, the new community will be “a place where every letter of LGBT (and their straight friends, of course) can live life to the fullest and love without boundaries.”

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Photo credit: Jim Ratliff.