CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Colin Higgins Foundation’s 2013 Youth Courage Awards


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 that 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.

This year the Foundation will be awarding $10,000 grants to:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 18) who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and triumphed over bigotry through working for LGBTQ rights and social justice.

The deadline for all nominations is 5 p.m. PST, Thursday, Feb. 28. Late nominations will not be accepted.

The online nomination form can be found here, or visit our website at