Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards

Website: Colin Higgins Foundation


The Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards are bestowed each year to acknowledge remarkable young people who refuse to be silenced by societal norms and demonstrate profound courage in the face of hardship, intolerance and bigotry based on sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.  To further elevate their advocacy and educational efforts, each Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners receive a grant of $10,000 and are honored during Pride weekend on an all-expenses paid trip to New York or Los Angeles. Also, each winner receives a trip to the Creating Change Conference to network and learn with other outstanding LGBTQ leaders from across the nation.

Candidates must be nominated.

Future guidelines and deadlines will be posted to this website:



Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards were established in 2000 to further the spirit and lifework of Colin Higgins. All of his films celebrate honesty and integrity in the face of adversity: Harold and Maude find love despite the objections of family and society, the heroes of 9-5 find fulfillment and save the company by learning to appreciate their individual talents and differences, and the shunned madam of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas transforms the lives of many through her kindness. Like the characters in his films, Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award recipients have endured overwhelming hardships, yet have handled themselves with the utmost grace and dignity.

Contact Information

1014 Torney AVE
San Francisco, CA 94129