Edith Windsor was honored for being an LGBT rights pioneer last week during Logo TV's Trailblazers special.

Windsor is the courageous woman who challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and won last year at the Supreme Court. The ruling has been used to challenge similar state bans.

“Fifty years ago I said often, 'I don't want to be identified with those queens,'” Windsor said in accepting the honor. “And then Stonewall happened and they overturned a couple of police cars and changed my life. And it was the beginning of my sense of community. Some of you are too young to know, there was a long period when there were gay men's events and lesbians' events, fewer lesbian events by the way. But never the twain met. Some of us had friends on the other side of the wall but not a lot, and certainly not most of our social lives.”

“When the AIDS crisis happened, in the middle of the pain and the illness and the terror the lesbians came pouring in to act as caregivers, to carry out the garbage, to buy the groceries, to do the laundry.”

“The glorious thing that happened was that wall between us came down, and we saw each other for the first time. And when we saw each other, we loved what we saw and our self-esteem began to grown. And with that we began to come out.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)