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Josh Hutcherson Speaks Out About Losing Two Uncles To AIDS

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Even though Josh Hutcherson never had the opportunity to meet his two gay uncles, who, as we reported, tragically passed away from AIDS before he was born, they clearly have inspired The Hunger Games star to step up and become a passionate advocate for the LGBT community, and work closely with the group Straight But Not Narrow!

Enough so to mark him as the youngest recipient of the Vanguard Award at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards, and in light of the honor, he's speaking out for the first time about his late relatives!

He explains:

"They were in their early thirties, in great shape, but unfortunately they were taken away from us too soon. Both passed away at about the time I was born. 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. This is what my family is most proud of and the same for me. 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. I'm not a religious person…But at the same time I do believe in some sort of something, just not sure exactly. But yeah, I'd like to think that they [my uncles] see what I'm doing and that they're proud of me."

There's no need for us to have to think about that! We're SURE that they are!

We couldn't be more proud of Josh for using his fame for such a worthy, compassionate and necessary cause!

Such an inspiration! Here's hoping that many of his peers can follow his example!

We're very lucky - and grateful - to have you as an ally, Josh!

Congrats again on the award!


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14 comments to “Josh Hutcherson Speaks Out About Losing Two Uncles To AIDS”

  1. 1

    so gayness is hereditary????????????????

  2. 2

    stuff like this makes me proud to be a josh hutcherson fan! <3

  3. 3

    Well that speaks well for the gay community. Two uncles, two dead of AIDS. But I'm sure they were both monogamous and not promiscuous at all.

  4. 4

    People need to be educated on AIDS prevention and get tested frequently. Whether you are gay or straight he is doing a great job putting awareness out there. Even if there are some ignorant gay comments made on this thread

  5. 5

    really?? im not surprised cuz for the most part human beings are vial compassion-less ignoramuses…but really? people have smart aleck comments for this story?

    STFU. its a very sad story with an uplifting conclusion and for any hate filled single celled shit for brains to be cynical or scoff at this….wow…i mean what can i do except look at those comments and honestly thank god that my brain doesnt function like that.

    this isnt a fame whoring or poilitcal rant of a story. its about a boy who lost two family members and learned to be accepting as a result….go fuck urself with broken glass if u have a problem with it

  6. 6

    Re: Lady Who? – You say we're promiscuous, but then you say there's no reason for us to be able to get married. I'm getting mixed messages here.

  7. 7

    Stigma increases the spread of HIV. Would you get tested and risk being subject to stigma? Testing is being promoted as standard procedure in a regular check up, so stigma must be addressed alongside it.

  8. 8

    The two uncles mentioned were my younger brothers, Steve and Jamie. Josh's mother (my daughter) told Steve she was pregnant the night before Steve died. She was pregnant with Josh. Jamie died 9 months after Josh was born.I could not be more proud of my grandson than for his commitment to equality for everyone. Both of my younger brothers were in long term relationships. My brothers were very successful in their chosen vocations and compassionate people. They would be very proud of Josh indeed!

  9. Russtx55 says – reply to this


    Josh, I knew Steve & Jamie since I was 10 till the end of High School. Jamie and I even went out with the same girl in High School. I just want you to know the Steve and Jamie both were outstanding individuals. They would give you the shirt off their backs if you needed it. I remember playing football in the snow in their front yard as kids and your great grandma made us some hot soup and hot coco. Steve was the partier and Jamie was the shy one. I didn't find out they passed away till alot later. I am so sorry that you didn't get to meet your uncles for they were super cool guys. They would be so proud of you…..Thanks.

  10. Karina says – reply to this


    Awwww love you Josh <3

  11. LiveNLearnin says – reply to this


    Re: prometheus174 – I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. LiveNLearnin says – reply to this


    That's the problem, isn't it? "I'm sure . . ." until you're not. And then something you said or did implicates your best friend/ loved one/ hero, and you're left with a mind in chaos. Save yourself the trouble. Open your mind now.

  13. LiveNLearnin says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Who? – oops, new to this. My last comment was for you. Cheers!

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