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Monthly meeting: Helen Boyd
April 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Join guest speaker and author Helen Boyd for a lively reading and discussion of her book “She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband.” Published in 2007, this book is a foundation for partners of trans people, with timeless information and thought provoking concepts from a partner-centric focus. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to engage in dialogue with Helen and other attendees, as well as hear more from the author about the book (and possibly about what has changed for her — and the trans/SOFFA community — since 2007).
[Get your free copy of the book (paper or Kindle) by attending the March 22nd social support group or contacting michael (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements.]
Helen Boyd is the author of My Husband Betty (Thunder’s Mouth, 2004) which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and is often referred to as the “field guide to crossdressers”. Her second book, She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband (Seal Press, 2007), has been called “a postmodern reflection on transness” by Jennifer Finney Boylan. Her blog (en)gender can be found online at www.myhusbandbetty.com.
Boyd has been running online groups since 2000. She has presented workshops at many conferences and has given keynote talks at gatherings such as First Event. Helen and Betty appeared on The Dr. Keith Ablow Show and spoke about GLBT marriage on PBS’ In the Life (and Betty recently played herself on an historic episode of All My Children). Boyd’s writing has also appeared in anthologies edited by Matt(ilda) Bernstein Sycamore, Vern Bullough, and Michelle Tea, and she lectures regularly at colleges. She was also a finalist for a 2009 A Room of Her Own Foundation Grant.
Helen Boyd is a nom de plume for the otherwise bookish Gail Helen Kramer. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The City College of New York with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in writing. Her other interests – a love for the films of Buster Keaton, punk rock, writing fiction, and the history of anthracite coal mining in the U.S. – have taken a backseat to her study of gender. She hails from Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Appleton, WI, where she teaches Gender Studies at Lawrence University.
Open discussion is from 6:00 – 6:45pm
Open discussion is the time to connect connection with fellow Trans+ and SOFFA individuals. This gently facilitated time is especially devoted to exploring the issues you bring in – sharing your experiences and stories, asking questions, seeking referrals, gathering resources. We’ll assure this time will stay focused on your needs, and the discussion you generate.