In accepting an award on Saturday, actress Samira Wiley recalled how she came out to her parents.

Wiley, 31, received GLAAD's Vito Russo Award at the 29th annual GLADD Media Awards in New York. The award is presented to “an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance.”

Wiley told the audience that she came out to her parents 10 years ago this month while attending the Juilliard School. She said that her parents were in town to see her in a play.

“I remember walking into their hotel room, my heart racing, and I heard the words 'I like girls' come out of my mouth,” Wiley explained. “I spent the next few minutes telling my parents who I was. When I was finished, I looked up and I said, 'Okay, I'm done.' I waited. My father looked at me and said, 'Cool.'”

Wiley said that the next day, her parents attended her play.

“The plans didn't change. But so often in the lives of young queer people when they decide to make those terrifying and boldly courageous first fragile steps into living their lives as authentically as possible, the plans do change,” she said.

“So, let me say it plainly right now: You are loved. You have a community that is here for you, is dedicated to protecting you, and accepts you for exactly who you are right in this moment,” Wiley added to applause.

Among her roles, Wiley has played inmate Poussey Washington in the Netflix dramedy Orange is the New Black and Moira in Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. She received an Emmy nomination for the latter role. Both characters were gay.

Also at Saturday's event, Jay-Z's mom Gloria Carter and director Ava DuVernay were honored, and Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert performed a duet of “I'm the Only One.”

(Related: GLAAD Media Awards: Samira Wiley, Jay-Z, Ava DuVernay honored.)