October 20, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 42
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GLBT National Help Center celebrates 10th anniversary, expands services
GLBT National Help Center celebrates 10th anniversary, expands services
SAN FRANCISCO -- The GLBT National Help Center commemorates its 10th anniversary of service to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and questioning community by expanding the hours of one of its primary hotline programs and expanding the name of the other.

Effective immediately, the GLBT National Youth Talkline will operate Monday through Friday, from 5pm to 9pm, Pacific time -- almost double the hours it operated on weeknights in the past. The Youth Talkline is the only national hotline of its type and scope, and is geared specifically for callers ages 25 and younger. The toll-free phone number for the Youth Talkline is 1-800-246-PRIDE

At the same time, the Help Center's other main program, the Gay & Lesbian National Hotline will change its name to the GLBT National Hotline, to more fully reflect its mission of serving the entire Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. The toll-free phone number for the GLBT National Hotline is 1-888-THE-GLNH .

Since October 1996, the GLBT National Help Center, a not- for-profit organization, has been providing peer-counseling, information and local resources to callers from all across the country who are often isolated from friends and family, facing discrimination, or simply needing to speak with a caring person about the difficult and emotional issues they are facing. Since its inception, the National Help Center has helped over 75,000 people.

According to Brad Becker, Executive Director, "Since we took on the GLBT National Youth Talkline one year ago, we've looked for ways to enable even more callers to reach our volunteers. Our new hours will allow us to help more people then ever before."

Becker added, "So many of the young people we speak with are desperately isolated, and often don't feel safe talking to family or friends. The Youth Talkline becomes a lifeline for these callers, and lets them know that there is a community out there that cares."

Becker also said, "Expanding the name of the Help Center's other primary program serves a very important purpose. We have always spoken to callers about sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and today we are announcing that we have changed the name of our all-ages hotline to better reflect this. Newly rechristened the GLBT National Hotline, this long-overdue change should help us make even more callers feel welcome."

The GLBT National Hotline speaks with callers of all ages (both youth and adults) and is open Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, Pacific time.

A GLBT National Help Center press release

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