Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards for LGBTQ Youth Activists
Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards to Honor LGBTQ Youth Activists
Deadline: February 28, 2013
A program of the Colin Higgins Foundation, the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards annually honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, and questioning youth who have transformed their experiences with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives. Unlike scholarships based on grade-point average or written essays, the awards program looks to communities across the United States to nominate and lift up LGBTQ youth activists who inspire them and play critical roles in their schools, organizations, and community spaces.
The 2013 awards program is inviting nominations of LGBTQ individuals who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and discrimination based on gender and/or sexual orientation. Nominations should describe obstacles the nominee has faced due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, how the nominee has overcome these obstacles through community-level activism for LGBTQ rights, and how the award could transform the life of the nominee and help them achieve their dreams.
The awards program is open to LGBTQ youth living in the U.S. only. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger at the time of nomination.
Three nominees will be selected to receive a $10,000 grant, which will be presented at an honorary celebration and awards ceremony in New York City in June. The honorees will also receive an expense-paid trip to the 2014 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference.
Visit the Colin Higgins Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, the nomination form, and information on previous honorees.
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