‘Golden Girl’ Bea Arthur To Open A Homeless Shelter for LGBT Youth

Sorry, Bette. Dorothy was always my favorite.

Thanks to “Golden Girl” star Beatrice Arthur, struggling LGBT New Yorkers will have a safe place to say this winter.

An 18-bed-shelter for LGBT youth is currently being built in New York’s East Village. According to DNAInfo report, the Bea Arthur Residence—named after the late actress—will provide counseling and case management services to its inhabitants. Cooper Square Committee and the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit that works with LGBT homeless youth, have partnered to open the shelter at 222 E. 13th St.

Arthur spoke to New York Magazine about the Ali Forney Center back in 2005 saying,“These kids are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay or transgender — this organization really is saving lives.” To express her support, the actress held a benefit show for the nonprofit in 2005 and bequeathed $300,000 to the center upon her death in 2009.

Carl Siciliano, the Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, wrote about Arthur’s generosity in the Huffington Post: “I honestly don’t know how we would have made it through the recession without that extraordinary gift. Bea Arthur truly meant it when she said she would do anything to help our kids.”

The building is slated to open in February 2017.

Thank you for being a friend, Bea. 🌈

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