The Trevor Project has officially announced that they will be joining HRC in establishing an LGBT action center at the site of Harvey Milk's former camera shop. The group will be operating a crisis and suicide prevention Trevor Lifeline call center out of the location.
After HRC announced they were going to put a store and action center at the spot of Milk's famous headquarters, I criticized the group for the plan to sell mousepads and t-shirts at the site where so much LGBT history was made. Other bloggers and activists quickly chimed in either for or against.
When Cleve Jones made the suggestion that the two organizations team up to provide a larger focus on activism and less on the store, it seemed like a perfect solution - especially after the glut of LGBT teen suicides recently. Kudos to both organizations for working out a deal that keeps everyone happy and focuses primarily on the LGBT community.
Reacting to the news that the groups would share the space, Cleve says, "It is wonderful that Harvey's message of hope will again emanate from the site of Castro Camera. He spoke often of our responsibility to our young people and experienced first-hand the pain of losing loved ones to suicide. The next time a frightened gay kid from Altoona - or anywhere - calls out for help, that call will be answered by a Trevor Project volunteer in Harvey's old store. I think he'd approve."