Thursday's opening of NewFest, New York's annual LGBT film festival, will include Tituss Bugess, Debra Messing and Russell Tovey.

Debra Messing (Will & Grace, Smash) will present the festival's inaugural Voice & Visibility Award to out actor Burgess, who has received two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Titus Andromedon in the Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

“It's an honor to be the first recipient of this award,” Burgess said. “What a lovely reminder to us all that being yourself gives others permission to stand proudly in their own individuality.”

The 28th annual festival will open with the North American premiere of The Pass, in which Tovey (Looking, Quantico) plays a closeted soccer player.

The movie is adapted by John Donnelly from his own play and directed by Ben A. Williams.

Tovey, Williams and Donnelly will participate in a Q&A after the film's screening.