'Hunger Games' Star Josh Hutcherson Is Youngest GLAAD Vanguard Honoree Ever

By: Rick Andreoli

The Advocate's Jeremy Kinser reports that The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will be presented with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Vanguard Award in Los Angeles on April 21, making him the youngest recipient of that award in the organization's history.

"GLAAD's Vanguard Award is annually presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community," the article explains. The 19-year-old Hutcherson, who came to the LGBT community's attention playing the son of two lesbian mothers in last year's The Kids Are All Right, co-founded the Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) campaign with his close friend, actor Avan Jogia.

"As the youngest person to ever receive the Vanguard Award, Josh Hutcherson represents a new generation of equality advocates who know that no one should be denied vital legal protections or face discrimination because of who they are," GLAAD's Mike Thompson says in a statement. "Through his work in trailblazing films like The Kids Are All Right, as well as his leadership in projects like the Straight But Not Narrow campaign, Josh is helping countless Americans understand the importance of equality."

The award will be given at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. Ellen DeGeneres is scheduled to open the show and singer Jason Mraz, another longtime equality advocate, will perform a musical set. Other guests at the event include Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Happily Divorced's Fran Drescher, Scandal's Guillermo Diaz, Fringe's Joshua Jackson, Pariah's Kim Wayans, and the cast of Hot in Cleveland, including Betty White.

Watch Hutcherson's Straight But Not Narrow video on The Advocate.

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