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January 18, 2011

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Human Rights Campaign Partners with the Trevor Project around San Francisco Action Center &amp Store

Action Center will include the Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Call Center

Washington- The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced long term partnerships with The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention among LGBT youth. The well-regarded organization joins the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society as organizations with which HRC will partner when the organization moves into the old camera store and campaign headquarters of civil rights advocate Harvey Milk.

In addition to being an HRC Action Center and Store, the location will include work space for The Trevor Project's crisis and suicide prevention call center for the term of HRC's lease. The Trevor Project will not offer direct services out of this space. The Action Center and Store will prominently feature Trevor Project signage in the store's windows and provide a kiosk for Trevor Project resources including a computer monitor to access the organization's website. The partnership will also enhance The Trevor Project's ability to train local school workshop volunteers in the Bay Area therefore extending Trevor's programmatic reach. In addition, HRC will make a $10,000 annual donation for each year of the relationship to The Trevor Project.

HRC previously announced that proceeds from selected merchandise will help to support the work of the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society.

"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," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "We are so proud of the work of The Trevor Project and I am thrilled to strengthen our relationship with this incredible organization."

"We are grateful to HRC for their generosity and are excited about this partnership," said The Trevor Project Executive Director Charles Robbins. "This location, which is being provided to us free of charge, will allow us to invest even more of our precious resources into creating supportive and positive environments for youth."

Both HRC and The Trevor Project are grateful for the groundswell of support in San Francisco for this endeavor, furthering Harvey Milk's legacy of giving hope to young LGBTQQ people across the country.

The HRC Action Center and store will move into the new location at 575 Castro St. with a soft opening on Wednesday, January 19th and hold its grand opening in May of 2011.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

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