Author Lee Lynch says she feels blessed being a lesbian.

In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with Liz McMullen, Lynch reflected on her long career as an early lesbian writer.

She started writing lesbian fiction and non-fiction in the 1960s as a frequent contributor the The Ladder, the only lesbian publication at the time.

Lynch's first book, Toothpick House, was published in 1983. The book's description reads: “Annie Heaphy, cab-driving baby butch, lives a life of freedom in a shack on the Connecticut coast. Her dislike of Yalies and all they represent extends to beautiful, self-possessed Victoria Locke … until they fall in love. Toothpick House is also the story of the burgeoning women's movement, and the changes it brought to traditional lesbian lives.”

Her latest book, The Raid, won the Golden Crown Literary Society award for best general fiction.

The Amazon Trail, Lynch's syndicated column started in 1986, appears in On Top Magazine.

On the show, Lynch told McMullen that she “officially” came out at 15.

“For about two weeks, I remember this specifically, for about two weeks I kind of struggled with it, saying, 'Oh, my god, why me?'” Lynch said. “After the two weeks, it's been going forward, positive. I feel so lucky, so blessed to be gay.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)