The nomination period for the 2010 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards is now open! You can nominate someone online, by fax, or by mail.
Many LGBTQ youth struggle day to day living in environments that threaten their well-being, from enduring physical and emotional abuse from family members, to being kicked out of their homes, to seeking social services from providers that have no training on the issues facing LGBTQ youth, to confronting bullying and harassment in public schools coming from both students and the school administration. They find themselves ostracized, marginalized, and in psychological or even physical danger. The Colin Higgins Foundation is seeking nominations of LGBTQ youth activists who have transformed their experiences with discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, and working to transform the systems and institutions that impact their lives.
In 2010, three (3) honorees will receive a $10,000 grant which will be presented in New York City at the Trevor Project Benefit Gala in June. Honorees will also receive an expense-paid trip to the 2011 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference.
The Foundation will be awarding $10,000 grants to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, and Queer youth (through age 21)who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their gender and/or sexual orientation and triumphed over bigotry through working for LGBT rights and social justice.
About The Collins Higgins Foundation:
Colin Higgins, screenwriter, director and producer, established the Colin Higgins Foundation in 1986. Mr. Higgins, who is remembered for his remarkable human comedies, including Harold And Maude, Silver Streak, Foul Play and Nine To Five, created the Foundation in order to further his humanitarian goals.