Colin Higgins Foundation

Colin Higgins Foundation Honors Young LGBT Activists

Higgins, who died from AIDS-releated illness in 1988, directed "9 to 5" and wrote the screenplay for "Harold and Maude"

The Colin Higgins Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 LGBT Youth Courage Awards, given annually to young adults who demonstrate advocacy and activism for the queer community.

This year’s recipients are Daniel Garcia, 18, a queer and gender-nonconforming activist from Mississippi; Julieta, Ramirez-Solis, 18, a queer woman and undocumented immigrant who lives in Oregon; and Dafahlia Mosley, 21, a black trans activist from California.

“These young people recognize the challenges society faces in these extraordinary times and lead with a commitment to change not only their communities but our world,” notes foundation Board President James Rogers. “With their strength and courage in the face of adversity, we see the spirit and legacy of Colin Higgins.”

Each honoree will receive a $10,000 prize and a trip to the Creating Change conference next year in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1986, the Colin Higgins Foundation honors Colin Higgins, who wrote the screenplay for Harold and Maude and directed 9 to 5 and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Higgins, who was openly gay, died of AIDS-related illness in 1988. The Courage Awards have recognized more than 50 young LGBT activists since 2000, and given 355 grants totaling more than $3.4 million.

To learn more, visit the Colin Higgins Foundation website.

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