Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Edie Windsor Honored at PFLAG Gala in NYC

I all but had to hold her down to get her to pose for this!

Had the privilege and extreme pleasure of meeting Edie Windsor at the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) awards dinner last night in Tribeca, where she was given the "Stay Close" Individual Leadership Award for her historic role as lead plaintiff in the case that brought down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Windsor is well into her 80s, but is as fesity a broad as you'll ever meet -- love the New Yawk accent! -- and had the house in tears with her sweet acceptance speech in which she recalled her late spouse, Thea Spyer. 

Young playwright Daniel Pearle took home the "Stay Close" Entertainment Leadership Award -- and here I thought he was a behaded WSJ reporter -- and producer Daryl Roth received the "Stay Close" Family Leadership Award, which was fittingly given to her by her gay son. (He was a hoot -- and his recent marriage is now fully legal thanks to Edie.) David Hyde Pierce made a great master of ceremonies, with personal stories about his partner of 25 years and then moving the "lunch with Edie" from the silent auction table to the main stage (he got $25,000 from someone!). Later, Harriet Harris had the crowd in hysterics by performing "Where Did I Go Wrong?" -- as the mother of a gay son -- from the upcoming show "It Shoulda Been You." A fabulous night for a great cause. Many thanks to lead sponsor JetBlue for its involvement in the cause as well as including me in the festivities.

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