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Bea Arthur Cares About Gay Youth

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The Estate of late actress Bea Arthur has bestowed a $300,000 gift to the Ali Forney Center, the country's largest organization for homeless LGBT youth.

The Ali Forney Center plans to use the money for a new 12-person youth residence which will be named after Bea.

Executive Director Carl Siciliano praises Bea's generosity:

"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."


Thank you for being a friend, Bea! We miss you!

CLICK HERE to find out more about The Ali Forney Center.

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31 comments to “Bea Arthur Cares About Gay Youth”

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    Loved her already, love her even more now.

  4. 4

    Ahh! I miss her!! :( Glad she did something nice for the community! I think she was gay too!

  5. 5

    Go Bea!!!
    Love you, you big ole DYKE!!!

  6. 6

    love and miss you, Bea!

  7. 7

    Lovely lady. I miss her too. RIP, Miss Bea Arthur. :(

  8. 8

    RIP. That was really gracious of her.

  9. 9

    Love this.

  10. 10

    I really do miss The Golden Girls. I still watch repeats and laugh like it's the first time I've seen it. R.I.P Bea and Estelle xx

  11. Scrib says – reply to this


    That is very touching. What a classy lady. The world misses you Bea!

  12. 12

    omg that is truely touching……… THANK YOU BEA

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    That's pretty damn cool.

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    She really is a angel in Heaven! No matter your views-it's just wrong to turn your back away from another human being just because they are gay. She understood this and she understood pain and the need to help them. Only problem I have is that with 300K they could build a bigger center. I mean-you could put 12 people in just one room alone depending on size. I think most kids that are kicked out would be happy to just have a roof over their head and a place to sleep. They def could have built a bigger one or a couple of those.

  16. 16

    Bea was and is lovely, she'll be missed!
    RIP Bea!

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    Bea Arthur is awesome, but…why do we have shelters for LGBT youth? Do your average run-of-the-mill shelters turn them away? Would this shelter turn away a straight youth in need of help? I'm curious, not, you know, angry or anything.

    Ha. Curious. No pun intended.

  19. 19

    Amazing!!!! What a great cause!!!!!!

  20. ap076 says – reply to this


    Re: hellojessi – GLBT youth make up a high percentage of teens on the street because they are often thrown out of their parent's home when they come out.
    Frankly I am not aware what the general teen shelter situation is or if they use adult shelters.
    GLBT youth are also at risk of bashing in a standard shelter and the transgender issue is not recognized by "straight" shelters. If your ID says male and you are in transition to becoming a female you are put in with the males.
    The bed #'s are limited so I don't know what they would do in the case of a straight youth. I would like to think he would find a place but perhaps not.
    The shelters are run by GLBT staff and the kids are required to be going to school or working full time.
    I hate to say it but in addition to my arguments there is just money/support in the GLBT community and from friends like Bea so the GBLT youth in some cases may have it better.
    I look forward to the day when homeless rates drop and gay/straight makes little difference. I hope I answered your ? . Its the best I could do.

  21. 21

    This is a wonderful gift to a fabulous organization.
    Thank you Bea!

  22. 22

    I loved Bea. She had a good heart. Even though I don't agree with homosexuality, I think it's great that there are places out there that care for homeless teens. Gay or straight, they still need help and a place to live.

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    bless you ms.arthur! r.i.p.

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    Class act!

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    I can't imagine a parent throwing out their own child who they've raised from birth because they do not agree with their orientation. My son is gay and his partner is trans, two lovely and kind people. RIP Bea - miss you.

  27. 27

    RIP. What a lovely gesture.

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    Love her!

  29. 29

    What an awesome thing to do. If people out there really knew what gay people go through,this would be a much better world. Apparently,Bea knew and did something about it.
    RIP,Bea. You were and always will be, in our hearts.

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    WOW!!! This directed gift will be a blessing to many youths struggling with their lives as they weave themselves into the tapestry of a confused world. Now, lets hope that the board and staff are representative of the people who are being served. It doesn't work any other way. Blessings from heaven from Bea Arthur…. What a wonderful gift for our world.

    Anya Blah, blah, blah The Undead Zombie Mother of Blog-Doom

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    how sick of her. what a disgrace. her own family could have gotten that money. instead it goes to encouraging a sick perverted lifestyle among children? she could have given that money to a church who straightens out these young perverts so that they wouldnt be such an embarassment to their families. then they wouldnt have to be kicked out of their homes