‘Golden Girls’ residence opens in NYC for LGBTQ youth

A new homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth will have us all saying, “Thank you for being a friend.”

According to HuffPostThe Ali Forney Center, which is the largest agency dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth in the country, opened the doors of its new Bea Arthur Residence with a holiday-themed fête on Nov. 30.”

Named in honor of the actress who played the snarky and smart Dorothy Zbornak on the hit TV series, “The Golden Girls,” HuffPost reports that Arthur was a major supporter of the Forney Center, hosting a one-woman show in 2005 that raised over $40,000 and even leaving $300,000 to the center when she died.

As for the new Bea Arthur Residence, HuffPost says it houses 18 beds and will provide shelter for “participants in the center’s two-year transitional living program, designed to prepare homeless LGBTQ young people for successfully living alone.”

Executive director for the Ali Forney Center Carl Siciliano called the new residence’s opening a “momentous occasion,” according to HuffPost, as it “marks an important shift in the way that we are able to house and care for young people who have been discarded by their families simply because of who they are.”

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio even named Nov. 30 “Bea Arthur Day” to honor the star who helped make the expansion possible.

A pal, indeed!

 

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