I know we just had a post about a transgendered man, but I feel that Jennifer's story is important, and should be read. Perhaps it was the sensation caused by Thomas Beatie's pregnancy that has put transsexuals in the news lately, but I was really pleased to find this article on CNN's website.
Jennifer Finney Boylan is a novelist and English professor at Colby College who has written two memoirs about her life with a conflicted sexuality and adapting to womanhood she underwent surgery to become a woman after years of feeling misplaced within her own body.
"'Activism for me takes the form of living a normal life and doing so very publicly,' she said."
Jennifer, who was born James, had to hide her true feelings of sexual identity for years.
"James Boylan had met Deedie while in college and only told her of his secret about a decade ago, well after they were married. Boylan had hoped that their love would be enough to keep the gender demons at bay. They remain legally married."
Today, Jennifer lives with her spouse Deedie, their two boys and two Labrador retrievers.
"'A lot of good is done simply by being public, by being visible and by telling stories so people can see that a life like mine, a family like mine is familiar and it's normal, and that it's a lot less extraordinary than it seems,' she said."
I feel that this is a very important role that Jennifer is playing for the transgendered community. I think there are many misconceptions about transgendered people, and it is wonderful to see Jennifer living a normal, productive life. I think that in order for some people who are made uncomfortable with the idea of transgendered people to be able to work out their insecurities, they must be shown that being transgendered does not make a person less human, strange, or any of the like. Jennifer does this well.