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
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