Bernard Lynch pt 2

View this post on Instagram

Part 2/3 . “At the height of the AIDS pandemic in 1986 he used his voice to publicly speak up against Cardinal O’Connor in NY City Council chambers for Intro 2 that guaranteed lesbian and gay New Yorkers the right to work and housing without prejudice against their sexual orientation. .
In 1989, Father Lynch took on and triumphed over the Archdiocese of New York and the F.B.I. at the Bronx Supreme Court in their relentless smear campaign of persecution against his work for LGBT human and civil rights. .
He received the AIDS National Interfaith Network Award for Outstanding Contribution to HIV/AIDS Ministries in 1990. .
In London, where Father Lynch currently resides, he has been recognized for his work many times. .
In 1986, @channel4 produced the documentary AIDS: A PRIEST’S TESTAMENT based on his HIV/AIDS work. In 1990, @channel4 produced another documentary following up on Father Lynch’s persecution in New York with PRIEST ON TRIAL and SOUL SURVIVOR. .
In 1992, Father lynch was the first priest of any denomination to march in London’s LGBT parade dressed as a priest. .
In 1993, he founded a support group for priests who are gay. .
His autobiography, A PRIEST ON TRIAL was published in 1993. .
In 1996, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Canonized Father Lynch outside Westminster Cathedral in London. .
In 1998, Father Lynch and his life partner, Billy Desmond, had their relationship publicly blessed, and in 2006, Father Lynch became the first legally married and legally valid priest in the world to have a civil partnership to his partner and husband, Billy Desmond.”

A post shared by THE AIDS MEMORIAL (@theaidsmemorial) on

Published by Cosgrove Norstadt and Jeff Foote

We are an older couple together for 25 years and married for six. We have appeared on DIARY OF AN AFFAIR for Lifetime. We did a pilot for the Travel Channel called MR. AND MR. SMITH. We also were featured on MSNBC's EXTREME EXPOSURE. Our last project was THE GLORYHOLE which is available on the DVD PARIS 559 or through Vimeo.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: