Josh Hutcherson, an LGBT equality advocate, actor, and star of “The Hunger Games,” on Saturday became the youngest person to receive the prestigious Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
Hutcherson, 19, is actively involved in the LGBT ally organization “Straight But Not Narrow,” which is designed to encourage young, straight men to come out in support of their gay peers.
The award was presented on behalf of GLAAD — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — by Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro.
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The Vanguard Award is presented annually by GLAAD to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. Previous recipients include Liza Minnelli, Cher, Shirley MacLaine, Whoopi Goldberg, and Elizabeth Taylor.