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'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson to receive GLAAD honor

April 16, 2012 |  2:00 am

Exclusive: Josh Hutcherson will get GLAAD's Van Guard award
The Ministry is happy to exclusively tell you that Josh Hutcherson, "The Hunger Games"'s Peeta Mellark, will receive a top honor from GLAAD come Saturday.

As part of the Los Angeles stop on their annual Media Awards circuit Hutcherson is to receive the Van Guard award, handed to one who increases the visibility and understanding of LGBT folks. 

"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," said newly christened GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement.

Hutcherson is involved in "Straight But Not Narrow," a campaign backed by several young actors including "Glee's" Cory Monteith, encouraging straight youth to accept their LGBT peers. 

Josh is the award's youngest recipient. Previous winners include Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Whoopi Goldberg and the late TV mogul Aaron Spelling.

The GLAAD Media Awards will take palce at Downtown L.A.'s Westin Bonaventure hotel, with additional honors going to Chaz Bono, a musical performance from Jason Mraz and a special show opener from Ellen DeGeneres.  


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Photo: Josh Hutcherson attends a "Hunger Games" book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York on March 20. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press.