Hats off to Josh Hutcherson who will be receiving the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (April 21). The 19-year-old will be the youngest recipient – joining past honorees Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron and Janet Jackson.
The Hunger Games star tells E! News that he had two uncles who were gay and died from AIDS.
He shared, “They were in their early thirties, in great shape, but unfortunately they were taken away from us too soon. Both passed away at about the time I was born.”
As a result the actor is a supporter for gay equal rights and works with Straight But Not Narrow – a group started by Victorious’ Avan Jogia.
He said, “My mom has always been a big advocate, especially in the gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual community so for me it’s always been a part of my soul.”
“This is what my family is most proud of and the same for me. Acting is one thing, but actually trying to change the world and the way people think to make people’s lives better? That’s the stuff I’m most proud of. I do believe in some sort of something, just not sure exactly. But yeah, I’d like to think that they (uncles) see what I’m doing and that they’re proud of me.”
Watch the Straight But Not Narrow video featuring Josh!