Chris Colfer has won the 2010 Greggy Award for his portrayal of gay student Kurl Hummel on the Fox musical-comedy Glee.

The annual award is handed out by gay entertainment website, which is edited by longtime Hollywood corresponded Greg Hernandez.

“Chris is just an utter breath of fresh air,” Hernandez wrote in a blog post announcing the winner.

“As a 20-year-old openly gay star of one of TV's hottest shows, the world is his oyster. He's an inspiration to young kids everywhere – and those of us who are not so young anymore,” he added.

Glee introduced Kurt in its first season, but two more gay characters – Blaine Anderson, played by Darren Criss, and Dave Karofsky, played by Max Adler – have been introduced in the show's second season.

Speculation that Colfer's Kurt and Criss' Blaine are about to turn their friendship into a romance soared with the news that the pair will share a Valentine's Day duet on the show's February 8 episode.

Also winning Greggys this year are Darren Criss for his portrayal of out-and-proud student Blaine on Glee, country music star Chely Wright, whose coming out gay story was named most moving, and rocker Adam Lambert, who was named Music Star of the Year.