Out100: The Activists Who Shaped 2013

The LGBT lawyers, doctors, activists, thinkers, and homecoming queens who changed the world.




Roberta Kaplan and Hilary Rosen
Attorney, U.S. v. Windsor and Pr SUPREMO
Photography by Danielle Levitt

Out on Roberta Kaplan:

When Edie Windsor contacted Kaplan, a partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, several gay rights groups had already declined to represent her in what would become a landmark case leading to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan took fewer than five seconds to decide yes. “I was pretty confident that we would win,” she says. “I would have to say I was certainly thrilled, and perhaps a little bit surprised, by the breadth of the decision by Justice Kennedy — I think it mentions the dignity of gay people and their relationships something like 10 times in 26 pages.”

Out on Hilary Rosen:

A self-described “strong, progressive Democrat” whose mother was the first woman to be elected to her city council, Rosen developed her activist credentials during the AIDS crisis, when she deliberately outed herself to members of Congress in an effort to win AIDS funding. It was her good fortune (and ours, too) that her company, SKDKnickerbocker, was chosen by Edie Windsor’s legal team to run the PR machine behind the challenge to DOMA.

Photographed at Dune Studios in New York City on September 16, 2013