July 13, 2010 08:12 PM by Jennifer
On an all new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List on Bravo, Kathy Griffin is notified that she is going to receive an award from the Human Rights Campaign for her support of the gay and lesbian community, and she has a surprise for them in return! Keep reading to hear more!
When she is presented her award by Lance Bass, she takes the time to frop the bombshell that she is going to go to Washington, DC to organize a rally to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Not knowing too much about Washington, Kathy calls on a CNN anchor to give her some advice on what to wear and some tips about Washington. She also gets a lesson on who’s who on Capital Hill, and she makes a joke out the whole thing. Luckily, the Human Rights Campaign agreed to organize the rally for her.
She meets some soldiers whose identity is blurred out because they don’t want the military to know they are gay, and they are so touched that Kathy is on their side, and she is equally touched when they tell her they admire her for caring.
When Kathyasks the Human Rights Campaign members what she can and cannot do, her world is turned into a tailspin when they tell her she cannot curse or mention any body parts when she meets political figures or speaks at the rally. But before the rally, she is told she needs to tackle her local senators and congressmen and get them to support the repeal of the policy.
She does make the mistake of making a joke during a phone conversation about a congressman, and it is printed in a local paper and she feels terrible about it. She calls the congressman’s assistant and apologizes. She then goes walking around Washington handing out fliers with people who were fired under the policy. Next she goes to lunch with two service members who actually said they had their personal emails accounts hacked by the military, saying they were discharged from the military for being gay. These are exactly the people she is trying to help.
When the day of the rally arrives, KathyÂ is happy to see that people are showing up. She is even more thrilled when she is joined by Lt. Dan Choi, who publicly came out as being gay in the military, and who is still serving despite facing discharge from the military because of it. When he goes on stage with Kathy, he asks everyone to join him at a protest at the White House, where he chained himself to a fence along with another member of the military and was arrested.
She may not have won over Washington, but she was successful in her attempt, because the repeal of the law was voted on and passed, and will be voted on again in the fall. Good job Kathy!!
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