Following a national outcry over its plans to convert the space that once housed the camera store owned by Harvey Milk into a gift store, the Human Rights Campaign announced they are donating part of the space to the Trevor Project.
The HRC says that part of the store space, located in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, as well as $10,000 a year, will be donated to the Trevor Project to be used as a call center to take crisis calls from LGBT teens.
“We are honored to partner with The Trevor Project in offering this important resource for LGBT youth across the nation from such a historic location,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. “We are so proud of the work of The Trevor Project and I am thrilled to strengthen our relationship with this incredible organization.”
The Trevor Project, founded in 1998, operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
AIDS Memorial Quilt founder Cleve Jones, who campaigned for and worked with Milk, said last month that an organization serving gay youth would be a more fitting to Milk’s memory.
Milk became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city before he and Mayor George Moscone were assasinated on Nov. 27, 1978.
“It is wonderful that Harvey’s message of hope will again emanate from the site of Castro Camera,” Jones said. “He spoke often of our responsibility to our young people and experienced firsthand the pain of losing loved ones to suicide…. I think he’d approve.”