Bryan Fuller was honoured at the opening night gala to kick off Outfest last week.
The TV icon received the Outfest Achievement Award for his work on shows including Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal and American Gods.
LAGoss.com was at the star-studded gala, where Bryan posed with Zachary Quinto and Kristin Chenoweth on the red carpet.
Muse: Bryan Fuller was supported by Kristin Chenoweth at the Outfest opening gala last week | Guillermo Proano/WENN.com
The actors later introduced the screenwriter and producer on stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, where he delivered a powerful speech.
Zachary called Bryan "a true visionary of television whose gift for diversity and inclusivity is matched only by his skill at writing unforgettable characters and placing them within visual worlds that are like nothing we have ever seen before on the small screen."
Bryan revealed it took him 14 years to get an openly gay male character on TV, after struggling to do so on shows such as Heroes, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls.
"The gay character was het-washed after the actor’s management threatened to pull him from the show if [the character] were gay," he told the audience of the superhero show, leading many to believe he was referring to the character of Zach, played by Thomas Dekker.
Honoured: The TV icon also had Zachary Quinto by his side as he was given the Outfest Achievement Award | Guillermo Proano/WENN.com
And when it came to Pushing Daisies, Bryan said, "Because I’d been thwarted twice before in telling stories with gay characters on shows I created, I decided the show itself should be gay. Pushing Daisies is the gayest thing I’ve ever done."
However he added, "As a proud homosexual, this felt still like a failure to represent."
Finally, Bryan has an openly gay male character on TV in American Gods. "Telling Salim’s story isn’t the gayest thing I’ve ever done on TV. It’s the most human," he said.
The evening ended with a screening of God's Own Country. Watch Bryan's inspiring acceptance speech below:
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