The Ali Forney Center, which offers emergency shelter, transitional housing, food. clothing, medical and mental health treatment and other services to queer youth in New York City, received a gift of $300,000 from Bea Arthur's Estate today.
Arthur, who died April 25 at the age of 86, will be memorialized by the Center when it purchases a building to house 12 youths and names it after her.
"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 the Center's Executive Director Carl Siciliano.