Jane Lynch thanks Ellen DeGeneres for helping her come out

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The Glee actor has made a heartfelt thanks to the talk show host in a new video short – praising the LGBT pioneer for her charity work.

The actress is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee, as well as appearing in The L Word, Wreck-it Ralph and Two and a Half Men.

She credits DeGeneres for paving the way for herself and other LGBT female actors to be out and proud in their work.

The award-winning actress has praised the power and influence DeGeneres’ coming out had in the media for her and others in a video for Makers – the “largest online collection of women’s stories”.

Lynch has previously opened up about how she lived a life of “secrecy” during her struggle to accept her sexual orientation as a teenager.

The actress said: “It was almost like I had a disease I had been diagnosed. I had a journal and… I remember I wrote, ‘I am gay. No one can ever know this.’

”It led to a life of secrecy that I had to unravel.”

Lynch knew she was different from her other female classmates but didn’t realise that she was a lesbian until she was 14.

She said: “I identified more with boy things. I enjoyed dressing like a boy.

“The boys stopped wanting to play with me when I got to be about 10 and I had to fight to play baseball.”

Lynch admits to being scared of rejection and that to be, “ostracised would have been the worst thing.”

Watch the full video here.