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."


  1. Wes says

    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.

  2. Harrison says

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

  3. Steve Kerbow says

    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!

  4. MarkBoston says

    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 !!

  5. Nicholas says

    I’ve never seen such unanimity in a comments section on the internet in my life, but I’m very pleased to join it. Bea Arthur is the greatest! She will be missed.