Glee star Jane Lynch
will be given an award by a leading lesbian rights organisation for
her work in promoting gay rights, it has been announced.
As reported by On Top
Magazine, Lynch, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the
hit show, will be honoured at the National Center for Lesbian
Rights' 35th anniversary awards for "using her fame as a platform
to further LGBT equality, and for being an outspoken advocate for
creating safer, welcoming schools for LGBT children."
The 51-year-old - who
has recently been confirmed as part of the star-studded line-up in
the Dustin Lance Black directed play 8, which documents the
Proposition 8 court case in San Francisco - will receive the award
in San Francisco on 5 May.
National Center for
Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell said in a statement:
"This year is especially significant, as NCLR celebrates a major
milestone - turning 35 years old, an opportunity for us to look
back on our history-making cases, and champions who have stood up
against injustice and changed the legal landscape for every member
of our community.
She added: "We're
thrilled to celebrate how far we've come by honoring those who are
standing up for what's right, becoming role models for millions of
people across the country."
Speaking last year,
Lynch urged victims of homophobic bullying to "hang in there".
Speaking to the
Guardian, she said: "You're not going to change people's minds
about bullying and homophobia. But you can tend to the people who
are at the brunt of people's abuse or neglect. That's what Glee
does. Hang in there, it gets better."