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Trevor Live in NYC Program Update NYC is getting ready to embrace the fun of Trevor Live The importance of our work. Learn more about what we’re doing. PAGE 05 PAGE 06 TREVOR Volume 4, Issue 2 Summer 2011 GRAND OPENING: Harvey Milk Call Center The Trevor Project marked Harvey Milk Day by opening the Harvey Milk Call Center in his old camera shop at Castro Camera in San Francisco. This newest location providing support to the Trevor Lifeline honors Harvey’s spirit and the work that Harvey did to encourage us all to be visible and true to ourselves. The grand opening happened Sunday morning, May 22, 2011, and we gathered a crowd in front of Castro Camera, including members the San Francisco Ambassadors. State Senator Mark Leno and Supervisors David Chiu and Scott Weiner offered acclaim and bestowed proclamations on The Trevor Project. Speakers from The Trevor Project included David McFarland, Interim Executive Director who welcomed the crowd and offered thanks and appreciation. Co-founder, James Lecesne told the history of The Trevor Project, and Board Member, Dustin Lance Black, who had been instrumental in making the call center a reality, spoke passionately about the mission we have and how closely aligned it is with Harvey’s legacy. Former colleagues of Harvey’s were also on hand, including Cleve Jones, Danny Nicoletta, Anne Kronenberg, Frank Robinson, Michael Wong, and many others. Anne told stories of how she and Harvey took calls from young people in the very same spot where The Trevor Lifeline is now operating. Later that night, when the Harvey Milk Call Center officially began taking calls, our crisis workers waited with anticipation for the first ring in Harvey Milk’s old office. Just after midnight on May 23, 2011, the phone rang with our first caller. The Harvey Milk Call Center is one of three call centers operated by The Trevor Project, which operates 24/7, providing support to young people across the country. More than 30,000 young people contact the Trevor Lifeline every year, asking for advice, help, acceptance and support. Their calls are answered by the more than 200 trained volunteers and staff, who are all dedicated to providing each and every caller with a safe place to turn. ~James Lecesne, Co-Founder of The Trevor Project & Phoenix Schneider, Program Director Trevor Hero, Daniel Radcliffe recently earned $15,000 for The Trevor Project by helping “How to Succeed” be the highest fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at a recent auction. Read more about Daniel on Page 5. Leading in Crisis Services This April, The Trevor Project’s Crisis Services team attended the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. We had the opportunity to facilitate a half-day workshop focusing on LGBTQ youth specific issues and risk factors for suicide, and how to incorporate better practices for working with this population into crisis intervention services nationwide. In addition to leading our pre-conference session, we had the pleasure of working in person with some of our national crisis chat partners, including Contact USA and iCarol. There has been a huge increase in demand for web-based crisis programs, due to their anonymity and ability to break through the myriad of barriers that inhibit people to seek help over the phone. In response to this demand, The Trevor Project has collaborated with crisis chat service providers nationwide in an effort to deliver the best programs possible. Our conversations about new protocols and technologies are similar to those that occurred between pioneers of crisis lines when they were new and at the leading edge of technology 40 years ago. As operators of a new digital crisis program for LGBTQ youth, we are proud to not only be a part of this discussion, but to be leading it. ~Kelli Peterman & Michael Vacha Jr, Crisis Services Managers

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