Patsy Lynch

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Patsy Lynch (born July 21, 1953) is an American photographer. Her work documents GLBT civil rights advocacy.


Lynch grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Elon University, where she was co-editor of the college newspaper,[1] and from Gallaudet University.

She has covered such events as the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, and the 1988 Deaf President Now protests at Gallaudet.[2]

Her LGBT advocacy includes being a founding member of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, as well as covering the White House, the first openly gay journalist to do so.

Her photography appeared in a 2007 exhibit called "Community Pioneers",[3] of which she said:

I want to document what's going on so that years from now someone can say 'This happened.' Too much of gay and lesbian history has already been lost.[4]

Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.[5][6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2006 GLAA Awardee of Distinguished Service Award.[7]


  1. ^ "Elon College Revives Paper," Burlington Times-News(October 16, 1974): 14. via open access
  2. ^ Jack R. Gannon, The Week the World Heard Gallaudet (Gallaudet University Press 1989): 77. ISBN
  3. ^ "Facial Expressions - Metro Weekly". 2007-09-26. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Patsy Lynch · Community Pioneers: Creators of DC's LGBTQ Communities · Rainbow History Project Digital Collections". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ National Museum of American History Collects History Related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History at Smithsonian Institution site, August 19, 2014
  6. ^ "LGBT historical items celebrated at the Smithsonian". 20 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ Distinguished Service Award to Patsy Lynch at

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