The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson was presented with an award for his gay advocacy by Benicio Del Toro on Saturday night at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) 23rd annual Media Awards in Los Angeles.

The 19-year-old actor is an outspoken ally of the gay community, recording several videos aimed at gay teens with Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) founder Avan Jogia.

“Every year, GLAAD presents the Vanguard Award to a member of the entertainment community who is making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people,” Del Toro said in presenting the award. “This year, there is no one more deserving than my friend Josh,”

“I can honestly say that I have never been more proud in my entire life or more nervous, actually,” Hutcherson said as he made his way to the podium.

Hutcherson, the youngest recipient of the award, said he was influenced greatly by his mother and the death of two uncles who happened to be gay and died of AIDS.

“Being honored with this award goes to them 100 percent and goes to my family and everything they've raised me to believe in,” he said.

Hutcherson added that he was sick of saying the words gay and lesbian because “they're just people.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)