The NOH8 campaign released images Tuesday of “The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson posing for their popular equal rights campaign on behalf of the organization Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN).
Hutcherson, 20, is an ambassador for SBNN, a nonprofit that which promotes straight teens encouraging positive behavior toward the LGBT community. "No H8" referes to California Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage and is currently before the Supreme Court.
The two photos from the shoot, in which Hutcherson also poses alongside actor Avan Jogia of “Victorious” and friends Heather Wilk and Andre Ponchon, have gained more than 9,000 likes from fans of the Kentuckian actor on the campaign’s official Facebook page.
The actor can be seen sporting the signature NOH8 look with his mouth covered with in tape, wearing a plain white T-shirt and a neon green “Straight But Not Narrow” bracelet. Hutcherson is still sporting his dyed golden locks after only recently wrapping shooting of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in Hawaii last month.
The young actor, who played the son of a Julianne Moore-Annette Benning lesbian couple in "The Kids Are All Right," opened up to E!News about his support for gay rights last year calling advocating for movement a part of his “soul”.
“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,” he said.
Hutcherson's fans are proud of him too, many calling his photo shoot an inspiration.
“Josh is not only a phenomenal actor but a GREAT support of the cause!!! [sic] ” said one commenter on NOH8’s Facebook page, Taylor Morgan.
“Perfect. A gorgeous straight man who believes people should be equal. Beautiful,” said Kiesharr Youngerr, who commenteed that she wants to see his “Hunger Games” co-star, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, pose for the campaign next.
Hutcherson is not the only celebrity to pose for the organization this year.
JENNI ‘JWOWW’ FARLEY
Farley, of “Jersey Shore” fame, posed topless for NOH8 in March tweeting about the event and calling it a great experience.
“Don’t hate on your fellow man. It’s very inspirational,” said Farley who said she was inspired to become involved by her gay best friend Joey, who wanted to marry his boyfriend of seven years, Eric.
“I think everyone gay, straight, should be able to have that and cherish that and have all the pictures, the family, everything. It’s really important to me,” she said.
A former member of the virulenty homophobic "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, Drain posed for the campaign in Feb. after being excommunicated from the Topeka, Kan., cult.
“I wanted to show people that despite having grown up within a cult and having spent a good portion of my life on the picket line, condemning our deceased soldiers, reveling in any and all forms of tragedy and simply strivings to be hurtful in the name of God; that the WBC is wrong and what I did at the time was wrong,” said Drain.
“Jackass” funny-man Steve-O posed for the campaign in a unusual fashion in January. The reality star placed NOH8’s tape on the mouth of his back tattoo. The 38-year-old posed for the campaign once before in 2009, dressing up as a bride and locking lips with his bodyguard Reggie “Big Regg” Pace.
“I’ve always thought of California as this really awesome, liberal, great place and it’s just a total disappointment for the convenience of f—cking gay-bashing,” Steve-O told E! News regarding the state’s referendum outlawing same-sex marriages.
“Teen Mom” Chelsea Houska used her MTV fame to pose for NOH8 in Feb. with her daughter Aubree. Houska said the 3-year-old was well behaved on the shoot and enjoyed her experience.
“So glad we got to be a part of it,” tweeted Houska.