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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.”