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Other Profession(s): Activist, Professor, Television Personality
Famous For: Author Of The Critically Acclaimed Breakthrough Bestseller She's Not There: A Life In Two Genders
Higher Education: Wesleyan University (BA), Johns Hopkins University (MA)
Jennifer Finney Boylan is a best-selling novelist, professor at Barnard College, transgender activist, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and a writer of opinion pieces. Boylan has published thirteen works, including novels, anthologies of short stories, and a memoir. Her 2003 memoir, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first openly transgender American book to be released and go on to become a success. The Advocate called it "a fundamental component of the trans literary canon." On April 21, 2020, Celadon Books released her autobiography, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs.
From 1988 to 2014: Boylan taught at Colby College.
In 2014: She relocated to Barnard, where she now holds the titles of Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English.
In 2015: After Caitlyn Jenner came out as trans, she appeared on 20/20 and regularly appeared on Jenner's reality show, I Am Cait.
In 2020: She wrote a letter that appeared online at Harper's Magazine, in response to the appeal text.
From 2007 to 2022: Boylan contributed to The New York Times as an opinion writer.
Achievements and Awards:
In 2013: She was elected as the first openly transgender member of GLAAD's National Board of Directors.
In 2020: Boylan was named one of fifty heroes by Queerty, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade.
Boylan has delivered lectures on the campuses of various universities, including Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Cornell, and Barnard.
Boylan is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Gender, Sex, and Reproduction as well as the Policy Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland.
Boylan describes playing in various bands in her autobiography and plays keyboard instruments and the zither.