Jennifer Finney Boylan

Born: June 22nd, 1958

United States

Jennifer Finney Boylan is an American author and political activist born James Boylan on June 22, 1958 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Boylan graduated from The Haverford School, a private, all-boys prep school in Haverford, Pennsylvania, in 1976. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 1980 before completing graduate work in English at Johns Hopkins University. Boylan was faculty at Colby College from 1988 to 2014.

In 2013 Boylan was chosen as the first openly transgender co-chair of GLAAD's National Board of Directors.

In 2014 she joined the faculty of Barnard College of Columbia University as the Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence, having previously been professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She is a trans woman. Her 2003 autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first book by a transgender American to become a bestseller.

Boylan has written a total of 13 books, including novels, collections of short stories, and her autobiography. She has also written contributions to the op-ed section of The New York Times. Her autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was positively reviewed by Scott Tobias of the AV Club, who described it as a "candid and exuberantly funny memoir of self-actualization." Boylan the author of the popular "Falcon Quinn" series.

Boylan has made appearances in a variety of media outlets to discuss her life, books, and activism. She's been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, The Today Show, 48 Hours, and NPR.

Boylan also serves on the Policy Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland.

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