West Hollywood gathered on the evening of June 5 for an annual celebration of people committed to LGBTQ activism, including honoree Kathy Griffin, who received the Rainbow Key from the city.
As Billboard writes, West Hollywood leaders recognized the comedian for her contributions to LGBTQ activism, which included raising over $5 million for HIV/AIDS services. Though she did not know the designer personally, Griffin paid homage to late designer Kate Spade by wearing one of the designer’s pieces to the event and acknowleged her during the acceptance speech.
There was open opposition to the current administration’s lawmaking and its effects amongst the LGBTQ community, including Griffin’s speech in the city council chambers. Griffin herself was the subject of a Trump-related controversy in May 2017, after posting a photo of her holding a fake dismembered head of Trump. Griffin was lost several jobs and received death threats, even after she apologized and rescinded the photo.
Since then Griffin has retracted her apology and also defended Samantha Bee’s comments about Ivanka Trump last week, and is urging her social media followers to support advertisers on Bee’s program, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
In her speech, Griffin envisioned a day where a gay president can take office: “So, when we have our first gay president, which I hope to see, I just want you to know that for all I’ve put up with in the last 25 years, I better be invited to a state dinner and I want to stay in the Lincoln bedroom. I’ve put in my time.”