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Hutcherson: Gays are equal

Josh Hutcherson is honoured to acknowledge a transgender teen advocate during the HALO Awards.

The 21-year-old Hunger Games star is preparing to honour 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 realise 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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