Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) selected Kathy Griffin, comedian and civil rights advocate, as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 “Woman of the Year.”
Griffin received the award during a ceremony on the Assembly floor on March 4, where she and other women from across California, were recognized by their state senators and assembly members for their accomplishments and contributions to the state.
“Throughout her career, Kathy Griffin has used her voice and her comedic talent to speak on behalf of those who might not be able to stand up for themselves,” Bloom said.
The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 to commemorate Women’s History Month. The annual event, sponsored by the Women’s Caucus, allows each state senator and assembly member to invite one woman from their district to the Capitol to be honored for their accomplishments.
Griffin, a two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning actor-comedian, writer, and producer has been an outspoken advocate for the underrepresented and a fierce ally of the LGBTQ community. She has helped raise more than $5 million for HIV/AIDS services and LGBTQ causes and has performed for active military servicemen and women serving in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan. Griffin is a fervent champion for First Amendment rights and a host of causes for which she has dedicated considerable energy and time.
Griffin’s advocacy for women, the LGBTQ community, veterans and other disenfranchised groups have earned her several awards and honors which include: The Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality, GLAAD’s Vanguard award, Equality California’s Equality Award and Trevor Project’s The Trevor Life Award.
She debuted her concert film: “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story” at this year’s SXSW.