In a tight mayoral race, Democrat Christine Quinn has turned to her gay supporters for help.

At a Friday night campaign rally held outside the Stonewall Inn, the West Village bar long associated with the modern gay rights movement, Quinn reminded the crowd that her bid to become mayor of New York City also included a historical footnote: She's a lesbian.

Edith Windsor, the lesbian widow at the center of the Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), introduced Quinn.

“She's gay and I think that's great,” Windsor told the crowd. “I am, too!” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

After leading Democratic mayoral primary polls for months, Quinn came in third in a recent poll.

“You know, you don't end up the first openly gay and woman speaker of the City Council 'cause you're the front-runner,” she told last week. “I got that position – won it – as the underdog. And I'm going to fight over the next 10 days and get into the runoff because New Yorkers deserve a fighter as mayor.”

Quinn asked “gay New York,” as one speaker put it, to drive her into a run-off election. (A candidate needs to win 40 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off.)