Zachary Kerr, a 19-year-old Methuen native, has been chosen by Nickelodeon as one of four exceptional teen activists to be honored at the fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards, broadcast live for the first time on Nick at Nite Nov. 17. Each of the teens will be paired with a celebrity presenter who shares a commitment to their cause. This year, stars Josh Hutcherson, Queen Latifah, Chris Paul, and Shay Mitchell join the lineup with host Nick Cannon.
Kerr is one of a set of identical triplets and spent years wrestling with gender identity issues before deciding to transition from female to male. Now, as an advocate for the transgender community, he works extensively with the Greater Boston PFLAG organizing educational outreach programs, visiting schools, companies, and religious centers to share his story.