Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Answers for A Lesbian High School Student

By Lee Lynch

“My goal was to end our isolation and the portrayal of our lives as dismal tragedies.” – Lee Lynch

Thanks to author Nell Stark—which seems to be something I say at least once a year—I was privileged recently to answer some questions for a lesbian high school student who was writing a paper about 1960’s gay activists. Below are the young woman’s questions and my attempts to answer. I am very fortunate to be able to reach across generations.

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: The Mightiest of Books

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By Lee Lynch

As an adult, I’ve had no interest in children’s books. I left them behind half a century ago. Or did I?

Chicken Little, for example, has been a powerful influence in my life. I was a nervous child—that hasn’t changed—and the Little Golden Book didn’t help. First my mother read it to me, then I read and re-read it on my own. I didn’t have many books then, which might help to explain why visitors never see walls in the home my sweetheart and I share. The walls are covered by bookcases.

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Our Neighbor’s Cat’s Nephew

Photo by Sue Hardesty

Photo by Sue Hardesty

By Lee Lynch

After the doom and gloom of our fall—and boy did moods around here fall—I’ve noticed, with the approach of the holidays, an unusually earnest air of festivity around town. People crave more light in winter; this year our neighborhood seems to be going all out on bright decorations. Homes that have never boasted more than a wreath in past years have strung up a sunrise of red and green and white and yellow—and purple—bulbs. And all the wreaths wear big red ribbons.

It’s not simply the seasonal garnish on this part of the world. The townspeople seem determined to enhance their celebrations this year, to drop what divides us and honor the rituals that unite us.

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Our Only Hope

[clickToTweet tweet=”New Lee Lynch Amazon Trail column: Our Only Hope. The time to act is now. #lgbt #queer #resist” quote=”In the words of Princess Leia, “Help me Obi Wan Kanobi, you’re my only hope.” Obi Wan, of course, is all of us. – Lee Lynch”]

Photo by Sue Hardesty

Photo by Sue Hardesty

By Lee Lynch

The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society.

I’m not going to write about the monsters poised to devour the United States of America. I’m not going to predict the plans of the cabal of exclusion, nor point out that we just chose to put into power our very own ISIS-without-turbans.

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Me and My Pin

[clickToTweet tweet=”New Lee Lynch Amazon Trail column today: My and My Pin. ” quote=”“I thought I was the only one,” the stranger said in a low voice … He pointed to my pin, the “H” arrow of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.”]

Photo by Sue Hardesty

Photo by Sue Hardesty

By Lee Lynch

“I thought I was the only one,” the stranger said in a low voice.

It wasn’t 1957, or even 1977. It was last week, at the grand opening of a supermarket in town.

He was gray-haired, tall, dressed like a ranch hand. His smile was sheepish, his eyes conspiratorial.

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Affectional Preference

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Photo by Sue Hardesty

By Lee Lynch

Hey, world, big news! Gay people are more than our sexuality.

I am really, really tired of the focus on the third syllable of the term homosexual. It’s annoyed me for fifty-four years that I am defined by one part of my humanity.

Please tell me why, for example, that the minute a perfectly intelligent, well-educated, otherwise apparently open-minded adult male realizes I write lesbian books, he will only speak of my work as erotica.

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Game of Throne

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Photo by Sue Hardesty

The Amazon Trail
By Lee Lynch

Game of Throne is what my sweetheart calls the nightly battle between our cat and me over Big Blue.

Bolo is our gray, fourteen year old, lesbian-required cat. Sadly, we’re down to just one kitty and no dogs. We can’t add either to our household because Bolo has diabetes. Her symptoms are triggered by, among other factors, stress. An addition to the family could kill her.

The Throne is Big Blue, a recliner we bought for my rotator cuff and bicep surgery. In recovery,  it’s too painful to lie flat and I only had use of one arm for 2 months, so we needed a power recliner. I added the stipulation that it fit both Bolo and me.

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