Monthly Archives: May 2009

Now what?

What can I tell ya. I LIKE Tobasco. Be that as it may: what next? Grades filed, commencement done, boys guided through the Memorial Day parade, fiddle lesson, homework, and heaven knows what else. Now? Well now, my friend, Professor Boylan spends some serious time chillin’. Chillin, in my case meaning, writing as constantly as […]

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Gay Scientists Discover "Christian Gene"

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May 17: Outwit, Outlast, Outplay.

Jenny B., left, at Umass, delivering a short speech after receiving the “Continuing Stonewall’s Legacy” award. Note the bright red academic robes, plus the small Aladdin’s Lamp (a gift from Mom Boylan) on the dias. The wish is granted! Well, here we are, back from Northampton and Amherst, grades lodged, hanging out on a summer […]

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JB op/ed in New York Times, 5/11/09

“Is My Marriage Gay?”© 2009 Jennifer Finney Boylan Op/Ed, New York Times, May 12, 2009 Belgrade Lakes, Me. AS many Americans know, last week Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed a law that made this state the fifth in the nation to legalize gay marriage. It’s worth pointing out, however, that there were some legal […]

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I love you, Mom.

Here’s a picture of my mom, with her family (taken at Christmas, 07, i think, and wow, have the boys grown since then.) My mom, who, upon learning about me, said, “I would never turn my back upon my child. I will always love you. Love will prevail.” My mom, who said, “It is impossible […]

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Stonewall, Monsters, Boats, Lobsters.

What next for that Jenny Boylan? Well, this coming Friday I’m receiving some kind of award at U Mass Amherst, something called “Continuing Stonewall’s Legacy”. I’ll be giving a short talk as part of that– this is for a pre-graduation celebration for the GLBT students there. Next day, May 16th, I’m giving a reading at […]

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  • The Boylan Family, summer 2010

    DSC_0063 "You hang around our family, you learn all kinds of stuff."
  • Will Forte as Jennifer Finney Boylan on “Saturday Night Live”

    WiFo-Jennifer Finney Boylan-1
  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

    2036947979_34bfbec240 August, 2002.
  • Surrounded

    boylanWith President Clinton and Maine's Governor John Baldacci, fall 2006.
  • JFB and Edward Albee


    Edward had been my teacher at Johns Hopkins in the winter of 1986. He visited Colby in fall, 2007. As we took our leave of each other, he kissed me on both cheeks and said, "We have done well. You and I."

  • Jenny and her teacher, the great John Barth


    Jack was my professor at JHU when I did my thesis, back in the day. After many years, I can now confidently say I finally understand his definition of plot. Which is, of course, "the perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a new and complexified equilibrium."