In accepting a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) award on Saturday, actress Candis Cayne praised Caitlyn Jenner's recent coming out.

Cayne is best known for her portrayal of transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money, which made her the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character on primetime television.

At its San Francisco gala, HRC presented Cayne with its Visibility Award.

In accepting the honor, Cayne praised the increasing inclusion of transgender characters on television.

Dirty Sexy Money, Elementary, Sense8, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, among others, that are making such strides in the world by writing dynamic trans characters,” Cayne told the HRC audience. “When people experience these vibrant, real characters then maybe they can more easily relate to and ally with real transgender people they meet in the world.”

“Speaking of the world and the reachings thereof, there's my dear girlfriend Caitlyn Jenner coming out and truly changing the conversation worldwide,” she said.

Cayne added that her participation in Jenner's I Am Cait docu-series has been “an incredible journey of self-discovery.”

(Related: Caitlyn Jenner's I Am Cait renewed for second season.)