Imperial Diamond Award


Edith Windsor, The Unlikely Activist

In her ninth decade, she started a judicial odyssey, fighting a battle she never expected to wage—let alone win. Now she’s the matriarch of the gay-rights movement!

When her spouse Thea Spyer died in 2009, it triggered a series of events that prompted Edie to fight for her rights in the U.S. Supreme Court—a fight that concluded with a landmark victory for gay marriage this year.

She has accelerated a positive shift that was already taking place. The Supreme Court decision in her case smoothed the way for New Jersey’s high court to legalize gay marriage there in October. When Ms. Windsor’s lawsuit was filed in 2010, gay marriage was legal in five states. Now it is legal in 16.

For her courageous fight for Marriage Equality and LGBT rights, the Imperial Court of New York is honored to present to Edie Windsor, the illustrious Imperial Diamond Award!