I know that last week we told you Josh Hutcherson was in Atlanta filming Catching Fire, but it turns out our Peeta has been doing a little bit of jetsetting! Yesterday he was spotted back in Hollywood, in two very different photo ops. Last night, he joined LGBT organization Straight But Not Narrow (for whom he’s done an amazing amount of outreach in the last few years) at their Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser, which was also a birthday celebration for SBNN’s co-founder.
As you can see, he’s having a merry old time calling numbers with the host. Other actors could use their YA movie franchise as an excuse and beg off an event like this, but not J. Hutch—he keeps his commitments, and has fun doing it! Josh’s work with SBNN is especially striking when you compare it to assholes like Paris Hilton calling gay men “disgusting” and subscribing to the old, closed-minded rumors that they automatically have AIDS.
Before last night’s SBNN event, Josh was also spotted in Beverly Hills looking like a total badass riding his Harley Davidson. Best of all, he was wearing a pink helmet! Again, I can’t help thinking of the guys his age — famous or otherwise — all insecure about their masculinity, and how impressive it is that Josh doesn’t give a damn. His tolerance and thoughtfulness continue to astound me, like when he told E! News, ”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.”
Talking about a letter he got from a high school freshman in Florida, Josh recalled, “He was in this very right wing and religious sort of area and he sent a letter saying how SBNN changed his life and how he was able to feel more comfortable coming out to his friends. I was almost bawling reading it. That makes all our work worth it.
“This is what my family is most proud of and the same for me,” he also said of becoming GLAAD’s youngest recipient of the Vanguard Award. “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.”
Aw, let’s just watch his Straight But Not Narrow video again: