PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a ceremony with great warmth despite chilly temperatures, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center installed a memorial plaque at Two Fifth Avenue to honor the late Edie Windsor, a longtime resident of the building whose 2013 victory at the US Supreme Court vanquished the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Christine Quinn, Glennda Testone, Roberta Kaplan, Wendy Stark, and Judith Kasen-Windsor.
Windsor’s surviving spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor, played host to a roster of attendees and speakers that included the LGBT Community Center’s Glennda Testone, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Wendy Stark, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Public Advocate Letitia James, attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Windsor in the DOMA case, SAGE’s Michael Adams, the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Thomas Krever, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Larry Kramer, David Mixner, James Esseks, who heads the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, and the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Donna Lieberman.
Sunnie Baron Freeman (right), Windsor’s cousin, Freeman’s son, Lewis, and Lewis’ wife Debbie.
Windsor’s plaque took its place next to one honoring the feminist leader Bella Abzug, who died 20 years ago this spring.