Shay Mitchell, who plays a lesbian on ABC Family's mystery drama Pretty Little Liars, says she is honored to represent the gay community.

The 23-year-old Canadian actress' role of gay teenager Emily Fields is part of a growing number of such characters on television shows, including Glee, 90210, Skins, Gossip Girl, Hellcats, Greek and Showtime's new entry Shameless.

During a Monday panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, Mitchell talked about her role, saying she's received “very, very positive feedback.”

“I am getting the most amazing response from girls and guys all over the world, thanks to Twitter, and it's been unbelievable,” she said, reported.

“If I can represent the gay community in a small way, then I'm so honored and couldn't be more proud to do that.”

Mitchell, whose character recently came out to her father, added that she's now often asked about coming out issues.

“And I'm like, 'I don't really know if I'm in any position to tell you, but I'm just saying be true to yourself.' And that's what my character is doing, and I'm all on board with the decisions Emily, my character, has chosen on the show. So I tell them the same thing, just to live as much of an authentic life as you can,” she said.