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JFB reading with Augusten Burroughs at STRAND Bookshop, NYC, May 8.

Here’s a quick note announcing a reading with me and Augusten Burroughs at the Strand Bookshop in Manhattan on May 8.  I hope if you’re in the city you’ll be willing to join us.  Afterward, there will be arm-wrestling.

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Ring them Bells: Two NYT op/eds from JFB, December 2013

Greetings all.  While the December Project dominated my home page during the last month, I did want to post links to two columns of mine that appeared in the New York Times during that month. The first is about my days ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.  Here’s a short tease: A Transgender Volunteer [...]

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JFB on Chelsea Manning in Washington Post 8/22/13

Here’s an essay I wrote for the Washington Post about Chelsea Manning and trans identity.  I was also interviewed for this other story about this “cultural moment” for trans folks, which ran the same day. Longing for the day when Chelsea Manning and I both seem boring View Photo Gallery — Bradley Manning, then and now: From [...]

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JFB op/ed in New York Times from 8/26/13

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Risk Pool By JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN Published: August 26, 2013 BELGRADE LAKES, Me. — THIRTY-SEVEN years ago this week my friend Pearce Bunting was at the wheel of my Volkswagen and I was in the passenger seat when he drove the car off a road in suburban Philadelphia. It bounced off a fire [...]

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JFB op/ed in New York Times from 8/6/13

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Diversity and ‘Doctor Who’ By JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN Published: August 6, 2013 BELGRADE LAKES, Me. — YOU could hear the sighs of disappointment spreading across the nerd-universe on Sunday when the BBC announced, with much fanfare, that the Scottish actor Peter Capaldi would be the new star of “Doctor Who.” For those readers who did [...]

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JFB on MSNBC talking about new show “Shezow!”

I appeared on MSNBC on Saturday as GLAAD spokeswoman regarding media criticism of a new children’s cartoon, Shezow, which has as its hero a young boy who puts on a magic ring and becomes a feminine superhero, complete with crazy hair and go-go boots.  The show is a delight;  the right-wing criticism of it is [...]

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Three Upcoming events: Oregon, Washington, and NYC

Just wanted to point you to the appearances page, which notes three events coming up in the next week or two. This Wednesday, May 15, you can find me at Oregon State University in Corvalis, for an event at 7 PM in the LeSells Stewart Center in the Construction and Engineering Hall. The next night, [...]

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JFB op/ed for Mother’s Day in New York Times.

A column for Mother’s Day from me on the op/ed page of the Sunday New York Times: What Makes a Mother?  Suffering! by  Jennifer Finney Boylan One day, toward the end of my transition from father to mother, I came home to find my 6-year-old son looking thoughtful. “Are you all right?” I asked. “Yes,” [...]

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Boylans in The Atlantic: “Every Family is a Nontraditional Family.”

At 42, James Boylan was married to a woman he loved. They lived in Waterville, Maine with their two sons. Boylan taught English at Colby College. Then he became Jenny. Never at home in a male body, Boylan underwent gender reassignment surgery and wrote about it in her 2003 memoir She’s Not There: A Life in [...]

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Boylans on Yahoo Shine

Transgender Author Jennifer Finney Boylan Went From Dad to Mom: How it Changed Her Family By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Mother’s Day – Fri, May 3, 2013 12:28 PM EDT You can read this piece at the original Yahoo Shine site. Boylan with sons Sean and Zachary and wife Deedie. Photo: Courtesy Jenny Boylan [...]

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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

    2036947979_34bfbec240 August, 2002.
  • 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."