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Center for LGBT Homeless Youth Gifted $300K by Bea Arthur Estate

Via a press release:

Bea_ali "The Ali Forney Center received a gift of $300,000.00 today from the Estate of legendary actress Bea Arthur. The Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, announced at Bea Arthur's Memorial Service on September 14th that they planned to purchase a building to house 12 youths and name it her honor. 'We work with hundreds of young people who are rejected by their families because of who they are. We are overwhelmed with gratitude that Bea saw that LGBT youth deserve as much love and support as any other young person, and that she placed so much value in the work we do to protect them, and to help them rebuild their lives.' says Executive Director Carl Siciliano. The Ali Forney Center offers emergency shelter and transitional housing in seven residential sites in New York City, and operates two drop-in centers offering food, clothing, medical and mental health treatment, HIV testing, treatment and prevention services, and vocational and educational assistance. It provides services to over 1000 young people each year."

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  1. Typical Bea. Doesn't surprise me a bit. Class act even after death. ;)

    Posted by: Marcus | Oct 27, 2009 12:32:53 PM

  2. What a wonderful legacy. As if she needed more.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 27, 2009 12:46:17 PM

  3. Thank you, Beah Arthur...a million times "thank you"

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 27, 2009 12:48:18 PM

  4. Classic Bea! Love her! BTW: Watching The Golden Girls as I type this.

    Posted by: Divo | Oct 27, 2009 12:53:38 PM

  5. Forever a Golden Girl.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 27, 2009 12:54:17 PM

  6. My hero, Bea Arthur! Class act all the way. You're beautiful Bea!!!! We will miss you so!!!!

    Posted by: nick | Oct 27, 2009 1:00:34 PM

  7. Thank you for being a friend.

    Posted by: Wes | Oct 27, 2009 1:00:54 PM

  8. Aww, Bea. Thank you for being a friend.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 27, 2009 1:01:38 PM

  9. Class says it all.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 27, 2009 1:07:32 PM

  10. Love her!

    Posted by: Marc | Oct 27, 2009 1:10:17 PM

  11. and then "There's Maude"!!! Thank you Bea Aurthur!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 27, 2009 1:17:12 PM

  12. Now, THAT'S an icon.

    Posted by: Allen | Oct 27, 2009 1:22:11 PM

  13. What a wonderful gift from a great lady. I can't think of a more deserving cause.

    Posted by: Donovan | Oct 27, 2009 1:30:02 PM

  14. We loved her and she loved us right back.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Oct 27, 2009 1:45:48 PM

  15. Wow! What an incredible woman and gift.

    Posted by: Dalhyp | Oct 27, 2009 2:02:22 PM

  16. BEA, still miss you xxxxx

    Posted by: Zizi | Oct 27, 2009 2:08:36 PM


    Posted by: Travis | Oct 27, 2009 2:30:06 PM

  18. I own all seven seasons of The Golden Girls on DVD, as well as a bootleg of The Golden Palace spinoff starring Don Cheadle and Cheech Marin.

    I guard my Golden Girls with my life.

    Posted by: Wes | Oct 27, 2009 3:32:20 PM

  19. Shitty day until now. Love you, Bea, forever.

    Posted by: David T | Oct 27, 2009 8:36:08 PM

  20. Bea was always a class act. She continues to be. She will always be an incredible role model.

    Posted by: John | Oct 27, 2009 9:31:06 PM

  21. Just wanted to share in the Bea Arthur love. What a classy lady. This world needs more people like Bea.

    Posted by: Harrison | Oct 27, 2009 10:04:12 PM

  22. Thanks for being a FRIEND, Bea!!!!
    We miss you!

    Posted by: Benjamin Sterwerf | Oct 28, 2009 6:24:12 AM

  23. It is so rare today to be able to a true ICON! Bea Arthur has truely made shown how to be just that even after exiting the stage! Truely a remarkable human being in life and not after! Bless you Bea!

    Posted by: Steve Kerbow | Oct 28, 2009 10:16:46 AM

  24. Thank you Bea. We love you.

    Posted by: JackNasty | Oct 28, 2009 11:40:30 PM

  25. That's our Bea ... many years ago I saw her speak at St John the Devine in NYC during pride or the Gay Games. It was a memorial service for the AIDS Deaths. She said " Hello, ... I am an actress. I speak the words that others write. Most of you know me as Dorthy or Vera .. I am talking to you know as Bea." She went on to praise the gay men who give so much back to our American culture and the beauty we create. She went on for some time and I found myself in tears.... She finished with " I will always be there for you.. when ever you need me in what ever I can do .." Even in her death , She remains true to her beloved gays.. What a class act this lady remains to be. We love you too Bea !!

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Mar 30, 2010 6:47:14 PM

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