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FabuList: Phuong Tseng August 10th, 2011
FabuList: Phuong Tseng

Phuong Tseng had never been to New York before June 25th, but for this 19-year-old queer-identified female, the trip couldn’t have come at a better time. With Marriage Equality passing mere hours before and the NYC Pride Parade, Dyke March and Trevor LIVE! Gala ahead, the weekend promised to be a memorable one. Phuong always dreamed of visiting New York, but was used to a different kind of city – San Francisco, where she spent most of her life. She arrived in the big apple with two other teenagers, Cyrus Sinai and Daunasia Yancey, as part of the prize for receiving Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award. In addition to the trip to New York, the three youth each receive a 10k grant and passes to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in Minneapolis. The three youth took in all the sights the city had to offer, but the main event that weekend for the Colin Higgins honorees was Trevor LIVE! That evening, they’d publicly receive their awards and give a brief speech in front of celebrities such as Daniel Radcliffe, Amy Poehler, and Robin Williams. Each one of these youth have done fabulous things for their communities ...



FabuList: Cyrus Sinai July 1st, 2011
FabuList: Cyrus Sinai

At this year's Trevor LIVE, three extraordinary queer youth received the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award.  The Colin Higgins Foundation established the Youth Courage Awards in 2000 to further the spirit and life of Colin Higgins, the acclaimed  screenwriter and director whose films celebrate honesty and integrity in the face of adversity. Over the last decade, the Foundation has issued 41 awards to activists hailing from 17 states and Puerto Rico. The following is an excerpt from the Trevor LIVE program book. An 18-year-old from Santa Clara, Cyrus Sinai comes from an Iranian immigrant family and was actively attending the Mormon Church as a young person. Cyrus describes the battle over his sexuality as a young person and the countless hours spent trying to "pray the gay away." As with many young people in such painful times, Cyrus was convinced his homosexuality was a disease and considered suicide. Cyrus eventually left the Mormon Church and took a life-changing trip to West Africa when he was 16 - finally coming out to his family, friends and school. Under Cyrus' leadership as he GSA president in his school, the membership more than tripled in size and has become one of the most prominent clubs on his ...



FabuList: Daunasia Yancey July 1st, 2011
FabuList: Daunasia Yancey

At this year's Trevor LIVE, three extraordinary queer youth received the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award.  The Colin Higgins Foundation established the Youth Courage Awards in 2000 to further the spirit and life of Colin Higgins, the acclaimed  screenwriter and director whose films celebrate honesty and integrity in the face of adversity. Over the last decade, the Foundation has issued 41 awards to activists hailing from 17 states and Puerto Rico. The following is an excerpt from the Trevor LIVE program book. Daunasia Yancey, 19, is self-described as an "African-American, Aggressive-Femme, Lesbian open to other possibilities, peer sexual health educator, public speaker, poet and activist." Daunasia was born to a sex worker and  an incarcerated man in Boston, MA. At the age of four, she lost her mother to AIDS. She came out in 8th grade and mobilized support fr a GSA in her school - the first GSA in a public middle school in Massachusetts. Daunasia was sexually assaulted by a family member when she was 15 and was kicked out of her house shortly following reporting he incident. Despite the lack of support both at home and at school, Daunasia's community activism continued when she became a safe sex educator ...