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Offer: Call for nominations: 2011 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards

The Colin Higgins Foundation is requesting nominations for its annual Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards honoring LGBTQ activists who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity with individual grants of $10,000.

Many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth struggle to live and survive in environments where their safety and well-being is constantly threatened - from enduring physical and emotional abuse from family members at home, to being kicked out of their homes once they come out, to confronting bullying, harassment, and physical violence at school. Isolated from family and community, they often find themselves in psychological or physical danger, needing support yet lacking access to positive resources to guide them through this critical time in their lives.

Unlike scholarship opportunities available to youth based on grade point averages or written essays, Colin Higgins Foundation looks to communities across the country to nominate and lift up the LGBTQ youth activists who inspire them and play critical roles in their schools, organizations, and community spaces. We are currently seeking nominations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 21) 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.

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners receive: an individual grant of $10,000; a trip to New York to be honored at The Trevor Project’s gala in June; and an expense-paid trip to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change presented by the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce in 2012.

Online nominations can be made here:

http://www.colinhiggins.org/courageawards/nomin_mat.cfm

The deadline for all nominations is 5pm Pacific Standard Time, Monday, February 28th. Late nominations will not be accepted. All questions regarding the awards should be directed to info@colinhiggins.org.

To learn about previous Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award recipients, please visit us here: http://www.colinhiggins.org/courageawards/profiles.cfm#2010

More information about the Colin Higgins Foundation can be found here: www.colinhiggins.org

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