Rollins hosts transgender activist

By : Tom Dyer
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Best-selling author Jennifer Finney Boylan will speak at Rollins College about her life and transgender equality. A professor of English at Colby College in Maine, Boylan will speak on the Rollins campus on Thursday, March 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Boylan is the author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, the first book by a transgender American to become a New York Times bestseller. The 2003 autobiography has been described as “frequently poignant,” and a “candid and exuberantly funny memoir of self-actualization.”

Born James Boylan, the author and political activist attended Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins University before accepting her current position at Colby College in 1988. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 48 Hours and Larry King Live to share her inspiring journey.

At Rollins, Boylan will be introduced by Gina Leigh Duncan, the former president of the Metropolitan Business Association, co-executive director of Come Out With Pride, and recent candidate for Orange County Commission. Duncan recently published her own autobiography, Attraversiamo: Let’s Cross Over, in which she describes the importance of Boylan’s book in her own life. When Duncan shared her plan to live as a woman, her mother bought copies of She’s Not There for the entire family.

Boylan’s appearance at Rollins is sponsored by the Lucy Cross Center of Women and Their Allies, the Diversity Advisory Council, and the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Artist Fund. The event is free, no RSVP is required, and takes place at the Rollins Building at Winter Park Plaza, 330 W. Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park.

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