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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 Nine to Five find fulfillment and save the company by
learning to appreciate their individual talents and differences, and the despised 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 due to their sexual orientation
and/or gender identity, yet have handled themselves with the utmost grace.