Josh Hutcherson Wants To Help Low-Income LGBTs, One Computer At A Time

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 10.12.18 AMHunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has earned another gold star this week, announcing the launch of his latest charitable campaign aimed at at-risk, low-income, and rural LGBT youth across America.

Launched in partnership with his own charity Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project, and human I-T, Hutcherson’s new “Power On” campaign aims to provide LGBT teens with refurbished laptops, smartphones, and tablets in order to bring them better access to important resources (and maybe his nudes as well).

The 21-year-old actor announced the partnership to Out this week, indicating that from now through October 16 — Spirit Day — the Power On campaign will be accepting mail-in electronic donations in any condition. He kicked the campaign off by donating one of his own computers.

He tells Out:

“It’s awesome to know that it’ll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them. I’ve always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting.”

As one of the more open and casual allies in Hollywood, Hutcherson earned his status by embracing his gay fans at every turn. In 2013, he revealed that he was straight but could “see himself dating a guy in the future” and wouldn’t mind having sex with Liam Hemsworth.

Last Friday, he wore a “Straight But Not Narrow” t-shirt to the 3rd Annual Celebrity Basketball Game in Los Angeles.

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  • IzzyLuna

    I have a totes crush on this guy and it grows everytime he does something like this…

  • Cam

    If this guy is a closet case, he is the kind of closet case I have no problem with.

    He isn’t doing what Aaron Schock does, and attacking the gay community from the safety of the closet, he is doing the exact opposite.

    If he is in the closet, hopefully he will feel comfortable enough to come out.

    And if he is not in the closet, then his outreach and empathy to gay youth is admirable.

  • barkomatic

    I’m very impressed–he deserves a lot of credit. Even within our own community, low income gay people are often flatly ignored. You mostly see well off gay men clinking glasses in places like Provincetown as portrayed in the media. When there are poor gay people in movies, they are almost always shown as hustlers or something.

  • Bauhaus

    Kudos to Hutcherson. He could chose any charity, or none at all, and he chooses one for LGBT youth.

  • michael mellor

    Men should never call themselves straight. It’s offensive because it suggests that anyone who isn’t straight is bent. Gay men also need to stop using the word “straight”. It’s a form of self-loathing.

  • jd2222248

    Great idea….to provide at-risk, low-income, and rural LGBT youth across America smartphones and/or laptops.

  • zeekmaun94

    What an intelligent and all around great guy. He and Daniel Radcliffe are a breathe of fresh air; I think they represent a change in attitudes towards us when it comes to your younger straight guys. Makes me wonder where we’ll be in 10 years…

  • Cam

    @michael mellor:

    Explain to me specifically WHY each word is either better or an insult.

  • cvdixon29

    @michael mellor: Then don’t read the reply if you don’t like the term that is used. Simple solution to your obvious bigotry and hatred.

  • jlicks

    It’s well and good what he’s doing…but just like all things in gay life, all is aimed at the young…what about poor old gays?

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