Josh Hutcherson recently made a startling and, for him, extremely emotional revelation. The Hunger Games star revealed that TWO of his uncles died of AIDS, and those tragic events led him to want to participate in the campaign for gay rights. He is now a member of an organization urging young straight men to support the LGBT community.
"When Josh was very young, the lives of two of his uncles were cut short by AIDS," explained a source. "At the time, he was too young to be aware of their tragic deaths. But as he got older he felt that he had to embrace his family history, and was desperate to help in some way."
Josh accomplished that goal by becoming the spokesperson for "Straight But Not Narrow," a movement created to encourage "young, straight men to publicly show support of gay men." Not only is Hutcherson a spokesperson for the group, he's also made a series of videos espousing its cause. In one such video promoting better understanding between young straight and gay men, he jokingly asked young heterosexual guys:
"Does it matter if your guy friends like guys over girls? I mean, doesn't that leave more girls for you?"
Even the worst homophobe would have to admit his argument is flawlessly logical.
It's refreshing to see someone as young as Josh Hutcherson embracing and working to promote a worthy cause. AIDS can happen to anyone. One of the ways to make sure it doesn't happen to you is to help promote AIDs awareness and understanding. That includes encouraging communication between the gay and straight communities.
You go, Josh.
Â© Hope Carson 2012
Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.