Colin Higgins Foundation Announces 2002 Courage Awards Recipients

Colin Higgins Foundation Announces 2002 Courage Awards Recipients

The San Francisco-based Colin Higgins Foundation has announced the winners of its 2002 Colin Higgins Courage Awards. The $10,000 awards honor everyday heroes who demonstrate courage in the face of discrimination, intolerance, and bigotry based on sexual orientation.

The winners of the third annual awards include D. Patrick Bynum from Ozark, Missouri, who appeared in front his local school board twice to ask for protection from beatings and harassment by his classmates; Eva Leivas-Andino, who overcame her own fears and prejudices and those of her religious and ethnic community in Miami to become a full-time advocate on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGB&T] youth; Vanessa Duran, a seventeen-year-old gay African-American-Latina activist who transformed her first-hand experience with discrimination into art and activism; and Calvin Warren, an outspoken and dedicated gay rights activist who will graduate later this month from Cornell University.

"We may be tempted to believe that just because 'Will & Grace' is a hit TV show and Rosie O'Donnell comes out of the closet, equality, and acceptance for [LGBT] people is a fait accompli," said foundation spokesperson Charles Fernandez, who is also a program officer at the Tides Foundation, which administers the Higgins Foundation's programs.

"3rd Annual 'Courage Awards' Honor Everyday Heroes Fighting Bigotry in Their Own Backyards" Colin Higgins Foundation Press Release 05/12/2002.