Outfest is honoring Roland Emmerich as well as Fox Entertainment Group at the institution’s annual Legacy Awards for support on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender issues.
The kudos will be presented at the Director’s Guild of America on Oct. 21. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, a collaboration between Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Emmerich will be receiving the Visionary Award in recognition of his contribution to LGBT media visibility through his support of Outfest. Fox will be honored with the Guardian Award for its “commitment and contribution to the LGBT community and the legacy that they leave within the broader culture.”
Kirsten Schaffer, exec director of Outfest, said Emmerich has been Outfest’s largest single champion for the last five years, adding, “His generous donations have helped to establish the Legacy Project and his support of LGBT causes have been second to none.”
Schaffer cited Matt Fielding of “Melrose Place,” Patty Bouvier on “the Simpsons” and Kurt Hummel on “Glee” as enduring LGBT characters on Fox shows. The announcement also noted Fox Searchlight’s gay-themed films like “Kinsey,” “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “Boys Don’t Cry” along with the recent release of the Cinema Pride collection as the first gay-themed film DVD collection from a major studio.