Jane Lynch to receive Outfest honor

Presentation set for July 8

Outfest will present its 14th annual Achievement Award to "Glee's" Jane Lynch at the film festival’s opening night July 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Achievement Award is Outfest's highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution 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," Outfest exec director Kirsten Schaffer said. "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 most recently received a Golden Globe nomination for herportrayal of Sue Sylvester on "Glee," and won, along with her fellow cast members, a 2009 Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy.  Her film credits include "Julie & Julia," "Post Grad" and "Paul and Brownie Masters."