The Colin Higgins Foundation recently announced its 18th Annual Youth Courage Award winners, whom it will recognize for extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ youth.
The 2018 winners are Moises Rodriguez, 20, of Chicago; Grace Dolan-Sandrino, 17, of Washington, D.C.; Mahad Olad, 20, of Ithica, New York: and Dwayne Cole, Jr., 20, of Detroit.
Each winner will receive a $10,000 award as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference, a prominent LGBTQ advocacy and organizing event, in January 2019 in Detroit.
Hollywood filmmaker Colin Higgins established the foundation in 1986 to support his humanitarian vision, with special focus on the LGBTQ community. Since his death in 1988, the foundation has awarded more than 650 grants totaling more than $5.6 million and, since 2000, has honored more than 54 Courage Award winners.