Best hometown hero: Edith Windsor
Edie Windsor became one of the most important figures in American LGBT history when she appeared at the center of United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, vastly extending the rights of LGBT people in the U.S., and making an overnight star of the octogenarian New Yorker. On the day the decision was announced, she headed to Stonewall to join an impromptu celebration; later in the month she served as a grand marshal in the annual LGBT Pride March. As the year drew to a close, she made the short list for Time’s Person of the Year, and like the true New Yorker that she is, she shows no signs of slowing down. Catch her at the 92nd Street Y along with her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, on January 7.