Nickelodeon Awards Show to Honor Trans Teen for LGBT Activism

November 15, 2013

Edge Boston

Zachary KerrThis Sunday, Massachusetts native Zachary Kerr will be honored at Nickelodeon's Fifth Annual NickTeen HALO Awards for his impressive work in transgender activism.

"I've never been so surprised in my life," Kerr, 19, of Methuen, Mass., said of finding out he was a recipient of the award.

The Helping And Leading Others awards applauds youth for their important roles in social justice and making the world a better place. The show, hosted and produced by actor Nick Cannon, features several celebrities and some astonishingly accomplished young people.

"I'm humbled by the truly inspiring and tremendous work these HALO honorees are doing in their communities," said Cannon. "It's my goal to continue the conversations about issues that impact teens today, and empower young people to take action and make a difference in the world."

Each of the four honorees, Kerr, Rocio Ortega; who advocates for women's education and empowerment, Miranda Fuentes; volunteer and leader for Surfer's for Autism and Denzel Thompson; who created an organization for youth focused on sustainable healthy food, has been matched up with a celebrity who shares their passion for service. Kerr has been paired up with Actor Josh Hutcherson, best known for his role as Peeta in "The Hunger Games" films. Other HALO celebrity guests include Queen Latifah, singer/songwriter Austin Mahone (winner of the MTV "Artist to Watch" award) and Shay Mitchell, star of ABC Family's hit drama "Pretty Little Liars."

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