On Thursday, November 3, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and marriage equality icon Edie Windsor held a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Windsor’s late spouse Thea Spyer and dedicate the building named in her honor. The Thea Spyer Center houses Callen-Lorde’s mental health program that serves thousands of LGBTQ New Yorkers each year, offering short and long term counseling, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, group therapy and more, all delivered through a supportive and culturally competent model by experts in LGBTQ health and wellness.
Dr. Thea Spyer was a celebrated clinical psychologist with a long and successful career who worked for many years at St. Vincent’s Hospital – one of Callen-Lorde’s first partners. In 1965, Thea and Edie met and fell in love. In 2009, Thea passed away. In 2013, Edie Winsdor won her case against the United States and overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – a landmark civil rights victory for LGBT people in our nation. In the spirit of Thea and Edie’s selfless love and commitment to improving the wellness of LGBT Americans, Callen-Lorde was honored to introduce the Thea Spyer Center at Callen-Lorde.