Edith Windsor, the woman at the center of the DOMA case headed to the Supreme Court, describes her journey coming out in the 60s.

In a profile from last year, gay weekly Out gets the details on the woman challenging the U.S. government for not recognizing her marriage to another woman.

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“I came to New York to be a lesbian when I divorced,” Windsor said.

She struck out on her first try.

“Once, when I came in from Philadelphia for a wedding, I stopped a woman wearing a trench coat and a pink button-down shirt, and I asked if there was a woman's bar around, and she directed me to what was Elle's Bar at the time. So I went to this bar, and I was dressed to the teeth – and no one was dressed to the teeth – and I sat there at the bar nursing my drink, but no one talked to me! And that was it. I went back to my hotel. That was my first New York bar experience.”

She met her future wife, Thea Spyer, at Portofino, a restaurant in the West Village.

“I thought she was sensational, and mostly she was a great dancer. And we really danced. And then we met over the next two years. We always danced together. But it wouldn't have occurred to me to make any moves on someone who was with someone. And she was always with someone. And then one summer she was not with someone. I knew she had a place in the Hamptons, so I wrangled an invitation through a friend. I was wild for her. I don't know how to describe it. It was everything. It was just more so. We were profoundly in love and stayed that way.”

Spyer died in 2009, two years after the women married in Canada.

“When I'm sick now – I have a lot of angina – that's when I miss her the most,” Windsor said.