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O Christmas Tree: JFB in NYT, 12/25/15

This piece of mine appeared on the op/ed page of the New York Times on Christmas Day, 2015, with the title, “An Evergreen Tradition”: by Jennifer Finney Boylan, Contributing Op-ed Writer Belgrade Lakes, Me. — WE turned down the dirt road, the same one we’d been traveling for more than 25 years now. At the […]

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Why Caitlyn Jenner and I Prayed with One of Our Fiercest Enemies.

December 20, 2015 Belgrade Lakes, ME Good morning from Maine, where I woke up in my own bed with my own dogs this morning, after almost two solid months on the road with Caitlyn Jenner and a band of other trans women. We have travelled the country this fall having conversations with a wide range […]

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X-Men, Giant Rabbits, and Heartache: JFB tells stories

Here’s the workshop I gave the morning after the GLAD awards, 10/17/15.  I tell my well-known story, “Early Morning Rain,” try out a new one, “The Catastrophic Restoration,” and answer a LOT of questions.  When the deaf woman in the front row gets up to show us all how to sign “transgender,” my heart exploded.

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Doubles and X-Men: A Few Words Upon Receiving the “Spirit of Justice” award from GLAD

On October 16, 2015, I received the “Spirit of Justice” award from the Boston-based LGBT legal advocacy group, GLAD (not to be confused with GLAAD, the media advocacy group which I serve as a Board member).  While the actual speech I delivered upon this occasion, at the Copley Place Marriott, involved much more ad-libbing and […]

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There is a Reason: a little song.

Okay, boys n’ berries. I wanted to share a song with you.  (You can click the play button below to hear the tune.) I wrote this in 1982, when I figured I was in the closet forever.  I almost never played this song for 25 years, then I started singing it again. Maybe this tune […]

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Jenny Boylan on Caitlyn Jenner: The Big Dress Theory

Belgrade Lakes, Maine August 14, 2015 I’ve avoided commenting on Caitlyn Jenner in a public way thus far, in part because I’m a consultant on her series I AM CAIT, not to mention an occasional member of the cast. More importantly, though, I see Caitlyn, like lots of trans-people in early transition,  as a work […]

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About “Transgendered”: Some History & Grammar

Here’s a piece Helen Boyd wrote for her blog; she asked me to add a postscript, which of course rapidly swelled to a thing larger than Helen’s original.  Submitted for your consideration. By Helen Boyd and Jennifer Finney Boylan. Helen: I’m well aware that the term “transgendered” is objected to by some for a variety […]

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Beyond Caitlyn Jenner: Micro-documentary on Trans Civil Rights History.

This “Op-doc” appeared in the New York Times on June 15, 2015. Featuring Lordes Ashley Hunter, Nick Adams, Susan Stryker, Sylvia Rivera, and me. Anybody who thinks they have an opinion about trans people might want to watch this for perspective.

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The Pirate Maiden

This is a piece I wrote on New Years Day as a gift for Wesleyan’s newspaper, the Argus, of which I was the editor in chief thirty-five years ago. The Pirate Maiden by Jennifer Finney Boylan We put the Argus to bed about 4 AM, and then the editor said, “Chinatown,”  and off we went. […]

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JFB in NYT: A Mind is a Terrible Thing Not to Waste

This essay appeared in the New York Times on Saturday, June 6, 2015. THERE I was, at the height of the great Disco Summer, selling hot dogs in the shadow of a six-story, elephant-shaped building on the shores of Margate, N.J. Most nights, my shift started at midnight. It was June 1977, just after my freshman […]

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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

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  • 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

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    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

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    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."