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Josh Hutcherson More Proud Of Gay Activism Than Acting

JoshHutchersonJosh Hutcherson is not one of those young stars who uses fame and fortune solely for partying.

The 19-year old actor, known best for The Hunger Games and The Kids Are Alright, is using his position and influence to help Straight But Not Narrow, a group of straight allies who fight for equality and acceptance. And that work has earned him a Vanguard Award from GLAAD, which Hutcherson will receive this weekend, making him the youngest recipient in the organization's history.

Speaking with E! Online reporter Marc Malkin about his work and activism, Hutcherson implicitly thanked his mother for always being an advocate. "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," he said.

Hutcherson also revealed to Malkin that he had two gay uncles who died from AIDS-related illness in the early-1990s: "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 for his activism, Hutcherson says it's far more laud-worthy than anything he does on the big screen. "This is what my family is most proud of and the same for me," he said. "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."

If only Hutcherson were gay -- and about a decade older…

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  5. >> If only Hutcherson were gay -- and about a decade older…

    c'mun hun, you mean 37 years older... lol

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Apr 20, 2012 3:35:52 AM


  6. I honestly can't say I know much about this kid, having never seen anything he's in or many interviews, and I don't doubt that his heart is in the right place but he has said some pretty problematic things before, including something to the effect of "I'm sick of hearing the words gay and lesbian. Some day I want people to just be people no matter what their orientation." (and he did say that he was "sick of" the words gay and lesbian) Uhm, guess what, homophobia isn't going to end if you steal people's identities. It doesn't work that way. And I was pretty angry with the way he worded it, using "sick of", like our identities inconvenience him or something. Sorry dude, as a straight guy, I don't think you get an opinion about what we choose to call ourselves. The sad thing is, people thought he was awesome for saying that. Like I said, his heart is in the right place, but he has a long way to go.

    Posted by: ay | Apr 28, 2012 2:28:25 PM


  7. @ TOMMYBOY

    You must not really follow the Academy Awards if you honestly believe he has a shot at being nominated for The Hunger Games. I loved it, but it's not an Oscar movie, even with great reviews. The movie could see some technical nominations, but it won't be nominated for Picture or any of the performances. If any actor were to be nominated for it it would be Jennifer Lawrence, but that still won't happen. Both should see People's Choice nominees though.

    @ AY

    You're really taking what he said out of context. What he said is hardly some hateful thing. I don't entirely agree with what he said as I believe we need labels (though not everyone fits neatly into them), but he's just saying he's sick of them. That it shouldn't matter what your orientation is. People are people. Clearly he is a big proponent of gay/lesbian rights. Why try and twist what he said around? He didn't mean it as something negative.


    Anyway, I love him. Have been a fan for quite some time now even before I knew his stance on gay rights. I think his support is great. We need straight allies. It's especially nice when heterosexual males support gay rights as it seems to be more common with women.

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