Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester on Glee, will be honored for her gay advocacy at the National Center for Lesbian Rights' (NCLR) 2012 Anniversary Celebration.

Lynch will be presented with the group's Vanguard Award on May 5 at San Francisco's Metreon Cityview.

The group said it was honoring the out actress for “using her fame as a platform to further LGBT equality, and for being an outspoken advocate for creating safer, welcoming schools for LGBT children.”

Six students from Minnesota's Anoka-Hennipin School District who stood up against a district policy that prohibits staff from discussing LGBT issues will also be honored at the event. They will each receive the group's Courage Award.

“This year is especially significant, as NCLR celebrates a major milestone – turning 35 years old, an opportunity for us to look back on our history-making cases, and champions who have stood up against injustice and changed the legal landscape for every member of our community,” NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell said in a statement. “We're thrilled to celebrate how far we've come by honoring those who are standing up for what's right, becoming role models for millions of people across the country.”