Transgendered, she fought bias. Woman honored for her courage – By Joseph A. Slobodzian – Inquirer Staff Writer

A University City resident is one of four sexual minorities awarded a $10,000 “courage grant” from the Colin Higgins Foundation.

Kiya Morton, 20, a transgender person who was born male, was honored Monday night at an awards ceremony in New York.

“This is really a big help,” Morton said yesterday. “It’s going to help me go back to school.”

Morton said she had been studying photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia but had to withdraw because of money. She has since been working temporary jobs.

The Colin Higgins Foundation was founded in 1986 by the director and screenwriter to support gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Higgins, who died two years later of AIDS, was known for such films as Harold and Maude and Nine to Five.