Author, LGBT Activist Boylan ’80 to Speak at Wesleyan April 21

Jennifer Finney Boylan (photo by James Bowdoin)

Jennifer Finney Boylan (photo by James Bowdoin)

Author, professor and LGBT activist Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80 will speak at Wesleyan from 4:15–6 p.m. on April 21. The event will be held in Beckham Hall.

The talk will open with a short reading from Boylan’s bestselling memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, as well as the anthology It Gets Better, and then open up into a discussion of gender and society. The talk touches upon Transgender 101 (a brief overview of the wide range of gender expression), and then moves outward to address the embracing of diversity in its many forms. The event concludes with an audience Q&A.

Boylan is the author of 13 books, including memoirs, anthologies, novels and books for young readers. She is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College, and serves as the national co-chair of the board of directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. Boylan also serves on the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, and serves as special advisor to the president of Colby College. She has been a contributor to the op-ed page of The New York Times since 2007.

She is a consultant for and cast member of I Am Cait, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner on the E! network, and also served as a consultant to the Amazon series Transparent.

Learn more about Boylan here.