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The teens of New York’s Ali Forney Center were visited by both Madonna and Lady Gaga over the holiday weekend.


The Ali Forney Center is “the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to the meeting the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth.” Their mission is to “protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently,” according to the official website.


Madonna dropped by on the day of Thanksgiving with her children David and Mercy.


“This center protects LGBT youth from the harms of homelessness and empowers them to reclaim their lives,” Madonna wrote in her caption on instagram. “AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent—and more importantly, provides these youth with the love and support they are denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”


Gaga dropped by the next day, and took the children shopping, performed her latest single “Million Reasons” and even meditated with them.


I’m here because I want this to affect other people around the world,” she said, “and to remind them that when they are kind, it not only makes the other person feel good, but it makes me feel good, too.”


You can watch some of Gaga’s visit below.


Bea Arthur Leaves GLBTI Organisation over $300k

Bea Arthur, perhaps best known for her role as Dorothy Zbornak on the popular television series Golden Girls, was also a staunch advocate for LGBT youth. During her life, she participated in many fundraisers for the Ali Forney Center, a New York City-based organization that provides emergency and transitional housing for LGBT youth as well as health and educational services. Arthur even had her own official Ali Forney Center email address.

Now, after her death, Arthur is still giving to AFC in the form of $300, 000, which she bequeathed to the center in her will. AFC will be putting the money towards a new transitional residence that will house twelve LGBT youth and be named in Arthur’s honor.

Executive Director Carl Siciliano spoke on behalf of the organization:

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude that Bea saw that LGBT youth deserve as much love and support as any other young person, and that she placed so much value in the work we do to protect them, and to help them rebuild their lives.”

Pictured: Bea with Ali

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