Jennifer Finney Boylan and transgender people

Jennifer Finney Boylan (born June 22, 1958) is an American author and activist. She has written several memoirs and has frequently appeared in the media to discuss trans issues..


Boyland graduated from Wesleyan University in 1980, then completed graduate work in English at Johns Hopkins University. She was a professor at Colby College from 1988 to 2014, after which she took an appointment at Barnard. She writes a column for the New York Times among other writing.

Boylan has been married since 1988 and began transition in 2000. They have two children, one of whom is also trans.

She served on the board of GLAAD and has held other roles at organizations benefiting sex and gender minorities. She has appeared on Oprah and the Caitlyn Jenner reality show I Am Cait.

2020 Harper’s Letter

Boylan was a signatory on the 2020 “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” in Harper’s Magazine. That open letter was criticized for the high percentage of “gender critical” people in the media. Boylan asked to be taken off, while trans economist Deirdre McCloskey left her name on.


  • Remind Me to Murder You Later (1988) ISBN 0-8018-3728-6
  • The Planets (April 15, 1991) ISBN 978-0671727154
  • The Constellations: A Novel (November 8, 1994) ISBN 978-0679430216
  • Getting In (September 1, 1998) ISBN 978-0446674171
  • She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (July 29, 2003) ISBN 978-0767914048
  • I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted: A Memoir (January 15, 2008) ISBN 978-0767921749
  • Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror (May 11, 2010) ISBN 978-0061728327
  • Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor (May 10, 2011) ISBN 978-0061728358
  • Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (April 30, 2013) ISBN 978-0767921763
  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community (June 10, 2014) ISBN 978-0199325351
  • You Are You (May 12, 2015) ISBN 978-3868285406
  • Falcon Quinn and the Bullies of Greenblud (September 16, 2016)
  • Long Black Veil (April 11, 2017) ISBN 978-0451496324
  • Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs (April 21, 2020) ISBN 978-1250261861


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