We bet you wish you were going to this party (we do). On April 21st, the annual GLAAD media awards will feature the likes of Ellen Degeneres, Jason Mraz, and Betty White–and a long list of others. This year’s award winners include Chaz Bono and, just announced, 19-year old Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games phenom.
At the tender age of 19, Hutcherson will become the youngest winner of the GLAAD Vanguard Award ever. Aside from his stint in Games, Hutcherson has appeared in The Kids Are Alright–and co-founded the Straight But Not Narrow campaign. On his drive, from The Advocate story: “It hits close to home for me. 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 Vanguard Award recognizes media professionals who’ve helped increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community–GLAAD routinely honors those who, in the organization’s opinion, have helped advocate understanding and empathy. Past winners include Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Aniston, and Janet Jackson–so our boy is in pretty good company.
From GLAAD: “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.”
Check out the sweet boy in one of his Straight But Not Narrow PSAs here. (So cute!) (The video, not Josh. He’s, er, only 19.)
And for good measure, why don’t you go watch The Kids Are Alright again?