Josh Hutcherson believes homosexuals deserve “acceptance and equality”.
The 21-year-old Hunger Games star is preparing to honor transgender teen Zachary Kerr at MTV’s forthcoming HALO Awards.
The ceremony acknowledges young advocates and Josh can’t wait to salute Zachary for his work on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.
“Zachary’s an inspiration because he helps raise awareness about LGBT issues and he teaches everyone that it’s OK to be you, whoever you are, and his message is all about acceptance and equality,” Josh told MTV News.
Zachary is currently transforming his male body into a female form.
Josh, who founded LGBT charity Straight But Not Narrow, is a staunch supporter of the activist youth’s transformation, as he has always been a proponent for homosexuals.
“Equal rights have been a huge part of my life from the day I was born,” the actor shared.
“My mom was raised by her two uncles who were both gay and passed away from AIDS before I was born. I didn’t get to meet them, but they were amazing people and that made my family realize that there’s no difference between a gay person and a straight person. We’re all just people.”
The HALO Awards will take place at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday November 17.
Queen Latifah and Fall Out Boy are some of the celebrities set to make appearances at the event.
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Fall Out Boy drew on tennis legend John McEnroe for their new album Pax-Am Days.
The US rockers accidently recorded a whole album of songs after hanging out at Ryan Adams’ Pax-Am studio over the summer.
And to represent the fun they had “playing really loud music” the band decided to put hot-headed US tennis star John McEnroe on their sleeve of their record, in the midst of one of his legendary fits of anger.
“Putting McEnroe on the cover was a conscious decision. I love tennis. I love the culture of it. I love the rivalries, how it’s sometimes just you vs. yourself, which is such a good metaphor for life.
“There’s a line on the record, ‘Johnny Mac punk/I’ve got enough fire for everyone.’ I remember when John went over to Wimbledon and got called ‘Yankee punk,’ I think there was a fistfight that happened in the press room over an answer to a question he was asked,” explained frontman Pete Wentz to MTV News.
The band have already released a new album this year, the critically acclaimed Save Rock and Roll, after a three-year hiatus.
Pete explained that the band felt a connection with John McEnroe and how he handled himself on the tennis court, in relation to how they fit into the music industry.
“There’s something about that kind of passion and that kind of rage that we really drew on. It’s sometimes how we feel in the world of pop music.
“Like, we have this rage and passion and we don’t look exactly right, but here we are to make some noise,” he said.
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