Four Tall Women

Here’s a photo I love, taken at the GLAAD Media Circle celebration earlier this month.  On hand were, from lower right, Amanda Simpson, US Department of Defense; Kimberly Reed, award-winning filmmaker;  Dr. Marci Bowers, surgeon; and Jennifer Boylan, Professor of English, me.  I know that there are all sorts of ways of being trans, and that there are countless struggles suffered by our people across the country and around the world.  But it’s good, once in a while, to be reminded that the story of trans people is not only a story of suffering and marginalization; many of us live good lives too.  I was proud to be among these Four Tall Women, whom I count not only among my friends, but among my own personal list of heroes as well.

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  1. Margie
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ll just state the obvious ………. I see 4 beautiful women!!
    I would love to take in one of those events some day.

    Margie from Maine

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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”

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  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

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  • 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."