As we reported yesterday, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson received the Vanguard Award at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards.
In accepting the award he spoke about why he will continue his fight to support equal rights for gays and lesbians:
“I’m sick of saying the words gay and lesbian,” Hutcherson said. “It’s just people…One day I want my son to come home from school and be like, ‘Dad, I found this guy and I love him.’ And I’ll be like, ‘Yes, you do and that’s OK!’ I so want that.”
He also said he wants to continue his fight to support equal rights for gays and lesbians through Straight But Not Narrow, a nationwide organization of straight supporters of gay rights. “I’ll hopefully make a million more movies but this is what I want to do with my life, changing the world and hopefully change what people think,” he said, adding, “Everybody just be yourself and encourage everyone to do the same.”
GLAAD’s new president Herndon Graddick said of Hutcherson, “I think it shows the changing of the times. He’s a 19-year-old actor, who even before The Hunger Games, formed his own organization to support gay rights. It shows you that young people are over this particular issue. I think it’s huge.”
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