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Kathy Griffith will attend the upcoming White House Correspondents' dinner. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Kathy Griffin was invited by LGBT newspaper The Washington Blade to attend this year's White House Correspondents' dinner. And she has accepted.

In a tweet on Friday, Griffin announced, "Honored that I'll be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner for the first time this year. I'll be the guest of the great team at the @WashBlade @losangelesblade!"

Griffin has long been an advocate for gay and transgender rights.

Last year, the comedienne faced intense ridicule after posting a shocking photo holding the fake "head" of a decapitated President Trump. Following public outrage and the loss of some of her personal friends, Griffin claimed that Trump "broke" her and ruined her career.

After at first saying that she was sorry for participating in the photo, she retracted her apology, saying the backlash against her was over-the-top.

In the aftermath of the controversial photo, Griffin was fired from CNN, fired from her Squatty Potty endorsement, and had to cancel the remnants of her comedy tour after clubs refused to host her.

She was also investigated by the Secret Service, but no charges were ever brought.

But it seems Griffin's career might be on the upswing, appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher, and booking a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall. In response to the Carnegie Hall gig selling out in less than a day, Griffin tweeted, "I'm in shock."

She explained, "For most of the past year I was convinced my career was over...I have felt moments of despair that I can't describe in a tweet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...I am so grateful."

During Griffin's appearance with Maher, she thanked the host for being one of the few celebrities who supported her during the controversy surrounding the Trump "head" photo.

Maher said of Griffin, "she is a good American who loves her country and should be able to work in it."

After the cancellations of her US tour last year, Griffin did shows in 15 other countries. She will now resume touring in the US.

 

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