When Bea Arthur died in 2009, her will revealed she had left a considerable chunk of change to a LGBT homeless youth shelter. Where there's a will, there's a way, and the Bea Arthur Residence Hall is set to open its doors in 2017.

Arthur left $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center, an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in New York City. A shelter like this is desperately needed, considering approximately 40 percent of youth that arrive at homeless shelters identify as LGBTQ.

Arthur told Next Magazine in 2005...

"These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay or transgender... This organization really is saving lives."

It's no secret that Arthur was a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community, and clearly was a gay icon (full disclosure: the author of this post has Bea Arthur's face tattooed on his arm), but she really put her money where her mouth was with this incredibly generous donation.


Stay golden you guys, Arthur would want it that way.