I knew there was a reason to love Dorothy Zbornak besides her colorful choice of outfits and husky-voiced joie de vivre. The Golden Girls matriarch, who passed away earlier this year, was also a friend of gay teenagers:
Bea Arthur, the former Golden Girls star who died earlier this year, has left $300,000 to a shelter for gay homeless teenagers.
For years, she had been a generous benefactor to the Ali Forney Centre, which is a New York-based homeless LGBT charity.
Four years ago, the Tony Award-winning actress flew to New York for a benefit performance for the centre, raising more than $40,000. She told Next magazine the centre was saving lives.
The charity announced in August it would purchase a building with space for 12 teenagers and name it after her.
As if I could possibly love this woman more! Thank you for bein’ a friend.
(Source here; thanks to Derek for the tip)