Bea Arthur Residence for LGBTQ youth slated to open in 2017

One Golden Girl‘s legacy is far surpassing her time on the beloved television show.

According to the Huffington Post, the Bea Arthur Residence — a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth that is named after the actress who played Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls — is set to open in 2017.

“The shelter was made possible by a generous donation from Arthur’s estate, which gave $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center after the actress died in 2009,” the Huffington Post reports. “The Ali Forney Center, the group behind the shelter, is dedicated to serving homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City.”

Upon its February 2017 completion, the shelter will house 18 beds and will open its doors to serve LGBTQ youth shortly thereafter, the Huffington Post says NewNowNext reported.

About 40 percent of youth served by homeless shelters in the United States identify as LGBTQ, reports the Huffington Post, with the main reason for their displacement being “running away from home or being forced out of their homes after being rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Before her death, CNN says Arthur spoke to Next Magazine in 2005 and explained why the efforts of organizations like the Ali Forney Center are essential to LGBTQ kids’ survival and well-being.

“These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay or transgender,” she said, according to the Huffington Post. “This organization really is saving lives.”

And Arthur’s posthumous generosity will continue to save lives.

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