VIDEO: DWTS’ Margaret Cho Pays Tribute To Gay Rutgers Student Who Committed Suicide

It was story night on Dancing With The Stars, and comic Margaret Cho and her openly gay dance partner Louis Van Amstel put on a colorful samba to Barry Manilow‘s classic Copacabana in a tribute to gay pride.

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Cho – always outspoken in support of the LGBT community – emerged for the dance wearing a yellow-feathered headdress and rainbow-themed dress, which she dubbed “the gayest thing that has ever happened here.”

Despite the style, Cho’s steps were short on substance, as she received a mediocre 18 out of 30 points for her efforts. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Cho he liked the theme of the tribute, but said, “I think you lost your way.”

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Cho explained that the night’s dance was a tribute to gay pride, indirectly referring to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who killed himself last week after classmates outed him by broadcasting one of his sexual encounters online.

“We wanted to celebrate pride,” Cho, 41, said. “It’s  a tough time for the gay community, a lot of gay teenagers have committed suicide, and we want this to end now.”

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Dancing With The Stars‘ eleventh season continues on ABC Tuesday at 9/8c.

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