Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games will soon be presented with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, an honor for media professionals who increase understanding and visibility of the LGBT community through their work. At age 19, he’ll be the youngest person ever to get the award.
Hutcherson played the son of two lesbian moms in the film The Kids Are All Right and he co-founded the Straight But Not Narrow (SNBB) campaign, appearing in one of the first PSAs for the group.
“We just launched [SBNN], and it’s a very exciting time for us and it hits close to home for me,” Hutcherson said in an earlier interview with SamaritanMag.com. “I have a lot of gay friends in Los Angeles. My roommate’s gay and I lost two uncles when I was young to AIDS, so it’s an important cause in my family.”
The ceremony for the GLAAD Media Awards is taking place this Saturday. Way to go, Josh! Hopefully more young advocates will follow in his footsteps.