In accepting an Achievement Award at Outfest, Los Angeles' gay and lesbian film festival, Jane Lynch praised the festival as vital for “the homos.”

“We've got to keep supporting this festival,” Lynch said in her acceptance speech Thursday. “We all know how vital it is for us and all the homos, especially the folks outside of N.Y. or L.A., to see their stories told.”

The award celebrates an actor's contributions to LGBT film and media.

Presenting the award were director Paris Barclay and Glee star Chris Colfer, who are both openly gay.

“The bitch is talented,” Barclay, who has directed Lynch in various projects including two episodes of Glee, said.

Colfer called Lynch a “role model, a mentor, the cool aunt of our Glee family, a spiritual leader and a friend.”

“She's been a tough and tireless advocate for equal rights for LGBT folk,” he added.

Lynch appeared at the event with her wife Lara Embry.

Earlier in the day, Lynch learned she was a double Emmy Award nominee. She's up for consideration for her role as Sue Sylvester in Glee and for a guest appearance on CBS' Two And A Half Men.

Another six openly gay stars were nominated Thursday.