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Hutcherson, Bono win Glaad Awards

Josh Hutcherson and Chaz Bono have picked up trophies at the Glaad Media Awards in Los Angeles.

The Hunger Games star Josh won the Vanguard Award, at the 23rd annual Media Awards for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community.

Earlier this year, he began working with the anti-bullying campaign Straight But Not Narrow. The 19-year-old actor is the youngest recipient to ever win the honour.

Forty-three-year-old transgender activist and author Chas was honoured with the outstanding documentary prize and the Stephen F Kolzak Award.

Chaz won along with directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato for Becoming Chaz, the documentary that chronicled his gender transition.

Chaz, the offspring of music duo Cher and Sonny Bono, who was the first-ever transgender contestant on ABC's Dancing With The Stars last year, was also given the Stephen F Kolzak Award, which is given by Glaad to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment community.

Past winners have included Ellen DeGeneres, Rufus Wainwright, Wanda Sykes, John Waters and Melissa Etheridge.

Other honorees at the ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA were ABC's Modern Family for comedy series, Focus Features drama Beginners starring Ewan McGregor and supporting actor Oscar winner Christopher Plummer for wide-release film, and Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva and TV Land's Hot In Cleveland in a tie for individual TV episode.

The awards salute fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives in the media. Other winners from among this year's 35 categories were previously honoured at a March ceremony in New York, while the remainder will be presented at a San Francisco ceremony in June.

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