Karen Ocamb

Trevor Project Opens Call-in Center at Old Harvey Milk Camera Store

Filed By Karen Ocamb | May 22, 2011 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Harvey Milk Day, Trevor Project

There are a lot of events happening this weekend commemorating Harvey Milk Day. And while I didn't know Harvey Milk - Harvey-Milk-with-Kids-1.jpgI imagine this one would warm his heart. On at 11:00am on Sunday, May 22, the Trevor Project will open the Trevor Lifeline's Harvey Milk Call Center at the historic location of Castro Camera, at 575 Castro Street in San Francisco. The public is invited to this free event.

Expected to attended are members of Milk's "inner circle" - including Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, Frank Robinson, Michael Wong, and Dan Nicoletta.

Also expected to be there are Dustin Lance Black, Armistead Maupin, Stuart Milk, The Trevor Project's Co-Founder James Lecesne and Interim Executive Director, David McFarland, State Sen. Mark Leno, and San Francisco Board of Supervisors President, David Chiu.

And House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn are also expected. Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein have been invited.

This is from the Trevor Project:

As an out leader of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and an elected official, Milk famously received phone calls at his office in Castro Camera from LGBT youth seeking hope and a future. The Trevor Project's Harvey Milk Call Center is located in the same office space and will continue Milk's legacy by responding to LGBT youth who contact the Trevor Lifeline, the cornerstone program of The Trevor Project which has offered free and confidential suicide prevention counseling to LGBT youth in crisis since 1998. The Trevor Project's Harvey Milk Call Center joins existing Randy Stone Call Centers on the East and West coasts in providing 24-hour suicide prevention through the Trevor Lifeline (1-866-488-7386), and begins operation on May 22, 2011.

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It's great to see this historic space being used for something worthwhile for the community and the movement. I know there was controversy a few months ago over who had bought/leased the space, but I'm glad to see the Trevor Project do something great with it.

fair enough... i can forgive an HRC questionable purchase and use of this property in exchange for the trevor project hotline. i don't know whether HRC backed down altogether, or precisely how this was facilitated. i'm sure i will find out in due course, but this is a happy resolution.

and i can ASSURE you, this is precisely the use harvey would have wished for a memorial.

The controversy against HRC for their leasing the property was unfair. The building was available for anyone to rent. I was happy to see a glbtq organization getting it, since so much of the Castro is being lost to glbtq businesses, with the influx of a new generation into San Francisco. There are those who seem to limit their involvement in queer politics simply to attacking glbtq organizations which they are not financially supporting anyway. I am sorry to see so many younger members of the glbtq community not really having much of a political conscientiousness, not actually involved in securing and protecting glbtq rights. Mere bitching on a blog does not make one a glbtq activist.

I think the Trevor Project is filling a much needed role as witnessed by all the suicides of youth in the media.I wish them much luck in helping to reduce those numbers and I hope they are able to continue on for as long as there is a need.