Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival, will honor Jane Lynch for her gay advocacy.

The gay film fest opens Thursday with a reception at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lynch will be presented with the 14th annual Achievement Award, the group's highest honor celebrating an actors' contributions to LGBT film and media.

“As an actor, comedienne and longtime activist for gay rights issues, Jane has had a profound impact on both mainstream and LGBT audiences,” Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Outfest, told The Hollywood Reporter. “Through her roles in both independent films and blockbuster hits, as well as television, she continually demonstrates her brilliant comedic timing. Jane is funny, fearless and we are proud to honor her this year for her incredible talent, passion and her enduring advocacy for equal rights.”

Lynch stars as Sue Sylvester, the sharp-tongued coach of McKinley High whose mission is to ruin the glee club singers, on Fox's runaway musical comedy hit Glee. The series was recently picked up for a third season.

Between 2004 and 2009 she played the recurring role of a Joyce Wischnia, a high-powered lesbian attorney, on HBO's groundbreaking drama The L Word.

Lynch, 49, married Dr. Lara Embry, 41, on Memorial Day at the Blue Heron restaurant in Massachusetts.