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9 Ways to Save Your Life if You’re Young and Trans

What does it say about us that a 17 year old transgender person like Leelah Alcorn would choose to jump in front of a truck rather than live her life? Here is my list of Nine Things You Can Do if You’re Young and Trans. Maybe you have some of your own. Let’s pay this […]

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Day 0: The Love Train

Greetings, culture lovers (as Mr. Know-It-All used to say).  I’ll be departing this Saturday, November 1, from Portland, Maine, for 17 days as the second of Amtrak’s “Writers in Residence.” The first resident was the lovely Bill Willingham,  who travelled from Redwing, Minnesota to Seattle and back on the “Empire Builder” in mid October.  He […]

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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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Boylans on the TODAY Show: “The gender of parents is less important than the love in the family.”

Here’s my wife Deedie (“Grace”) and my son Zach and me on the TODAY Show, Friday May 3, 2013, talking about my new book, STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU, and “parenthood in three genders.” Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy May 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM ET Best-selling […]

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Publication day for STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU!

Here at last comes the new book.  Look for us on the TODAY SHOW this Friday morning between 8 and 9, and on ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS that night.  Likewise gird yourself for a spread in PEOPLE coming out on Wednesday, and interviews and articles in yahoo.com, and The Atlantic, all coming next week. […]

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JFB notes from all over: Early Spring 2013

Greetings from Belgrade Lakes, from the heart of a busy spring.  Next up is a visit to the University of Maine, in Orono, for two events on Thursday March 21st: First up, a guest lecture in Professor Caron’s Sexuality class, at 12:30 in DPCorbett.  Then, at 3 PM, I’ll be giving a public lecture in […]

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“What Kind of Times are These?” On Adrienne Rich and Trans-Misogyny

This piece of mine ran last week in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s online blog, “Tenured Radical,” hosted by historian Claire Potter. What Kind of Times are These? © Jennifer Finney Boylan Last week, as prelude to an evening of poetry,  my colleague Peter Harris– a writer and a professor here at Colby College–gave a […]

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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

    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."