Aww, so the Human Rights Campaign is going to let little old Trevor Project have some of its Harvey Milk store space. Set to open tomorrow at 575 Castro Street, the glorified HRC merchandise outpost (ahem, “and action center”) will share some of its square footage with the national LGBT suicide prevention line, though Trevor “will not offer direct services out of the space,” the Bar Area Reporter notes, adding, “HRC is offering use of the space rent-free to the Trevor Project and will also donate $10,000 annually to the nonprofit during the duration of its lease at the site. The LGBT rights group is also paying for the build out of the offices in the space where Trevor Project volunteers will be able to man phone lines.”
After enraging institutional gays with last month’s announcement it was taking over the Castro Camera storefront, HRC felt the heat from Dustin Lance Black (“to try and co-opt and profit from Harvey’s legacy is an outrage”) and Cleve Jones (“I think Harvey would be appalled by this. I resent it, I find it offensive, and I intend to do everything I can to stop it”). This compromise has been weeks in the making, Queerty has been hearing, with Jones meeting with HRC leaders in San Francisco to hammer out a resolution. And while HRC plans on donating the proceeds (all? a share?) of Harvey Milk-related merchandise to the nearby Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and GLBT Historical Society, note that there will be no Milk merch available during tomorrow’s opening. A production delay, I’m sure.
So are we all good now? Does HRC get to co-opt Milk’s legacy to sell some HRC-branded teddy bears and coffee mugs so long as it lets the much-beloved Trevor Project some chairs and desks? Officially, of course, both groups are pleased with the arrangement, releasing statements about being “honored” (HRC) and “grateful” (Trevor).
[bottom photo: Rick Gerharter via BAR]