“Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, 19, will receive the Vanguard Award at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 21, the organization announced Monday (April 16). Hutcherson is one of the co-founders of LGBT organization Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) and is outspoken on the issue of equality.

“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,” says Herndon Graddick, GLAAD President. “Josh’s commitment to
achieving equality for every American is a message he carries in his
work both on screen and off, earning him the honor of being GLAAD’s
youngest-ever Vanguard Award recipient.”

Also announced Monday was Jason Mraz as a performer at the event. Ellen DeGeneres is slated to host and other stars appearing include Betty White, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Joshua Jackson, Mark Deklin, Miriam Shor, Kat Graham, Gilles Marini, Guillermo Diaz, Milla Jovovich and decorated Air Force veteran Lt. Col Victor Fehrenbach.  Additional guests for the April 21 Los Angeles event to be announced.

The Vanguard Award is given out annually to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. Past recipients include Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold, Aaron Spelling, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Eric McCormack and Antonio Banderas.

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