TV legend and secret drugstore spokeswoman Bea Arthur continues to be awesome even though she’s not exactly “with us” at this current stage of the game.
The Golden Girls and Maude icon had a well-earned reputation as a supporter of the LGBT community and in 2017 the Bea Arthur Residence will provide another facet of that support. The residence is an 18-bed shelter for homeless LGBT youth in New York which will be operated by the Ali Forney Center, a community center that Arthur left $300,000 to in her will.
“These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay or transgender,” said Arthur before her death. “This organization really is saving lives.”
Originally scheduled to open this summer, the current target debut date is 2017. Construction on the project is reportedly in the later stages and it’s expected to be completed in February. The goal is to open up the facility not long after.
See! Bea Arthur isn’t just cool for Deadpool reasons. There’s loads to like about the woman that brought Dorothy Zbornak to life. Isn’t that right, duet of “A Good Man is Hard to Find”with Madame?