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Monday, February 28, 2011

Friday Castro Bar Crawl to Benefit the Trevor Project

Posted on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM

On Friday, 13 bars and restaurants in the Castro and Upper Market will give a percentage of their sales to the Trevor Project, a national organization that aims to prevent suicide among queer youth.

It's part of a larger effort called Bar One, with events running through March and into April, says organizer Lord Martine. The money donated from Friday's bar crawl will go specifically to fund a small phone bank in the Castro Street space formerly occupied by Harvey Milk's camera store and now rented by the Human Rights Campaign.

"With the rash of recent suicides of LGBT youth and all the attention that has come with it, I think the Trevor Project and its efforts for suicide prevention and crisis intervention are very important," Martine says.

That applies to "red state" and rural areas as well as the Bay Area, he says.

"Even though we're here in our 'glamoursphere,' there are still a lot of LGBT youth in trouble, taking their own lives or considering taking their own lives because of that," Martine says.

Friday's crawl starts at San Francisco Badlands and continues to the Edge, Toad Hall, the Midnight Sun, the Mix, QBAR, Twin Peaks, the Cafe, Catch, Lookout, Lime, and Martuni's.

Martine says the bars will feature individual cocktails to observe the crawl and will donate $1 for every one of the specified cocktails sold.

He says participating businesses will put posters in their windows about Bar One and the Trevor Project benefit.

"It's an awareness-raising project too," he says.

The crawl starts at 6 p.m. Friday at San Francisco Badlands.

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