“Emerging as a leader in a new generation of equality advocates, Josh Hutcherson has consistently used his platform to help young people understand that no one should face discrimination simply because of who they are,”
Star of The Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson, a long time proponent for LGBT rights and a leader of the organization Straight But Not Narrow will be the youngest recepient ever to be awarded the Van Guard Award, the GLAAD Media Awards’ top honor.
The LA Times blog, The Ministry of Gossip, has the exclusive on Josh’s win. Here is a quote from them:
The Ministry is happy to exclusively tell you that Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games”‘s Peeta Mellark, will receive a top honor from GLAAD come Saturday.
As part of the Los Angeles stop on their annual Media Awards circuit Hutcherson is to receive the Van Guard award, handed to one who increases the visibility and understanding of LGBT folks.
“Emerging as a leader in a new generation of equality advocates, Josh Hutcherson has consistently used his platform to help young people understand that no one should face discrimination simply because of who they are,” said newly christened GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement.
Hutcherson is involved in “Straight But Not Narrow,” a campaign backed by several young actors including “Glee’s” Cory Monteith, encouraging straight youth to accept their LGBT peers.
Josh is the award’s youngest recipient. Previous winners include Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Whoopi Goldberg and the late TV mogul Aaron Spelling.
The GLAAD Media Awards will take palce at Downtown L.A.’s Westin Bonaventure hotel, with additional honors going to Chaz Bono, a musical performance from Jason Mraz and a special show opener from Ellen DeGeneres.
Awesome work Josh, Congratulations! You deserve it!
source: LA Times