October 15-22, 2017 Provincetown, Massachusetts
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The Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Awards

Honoring those transgender leaders who changed the world...

Every year, Fantasia Fair's parent organization Real Life Experiences, Inc. honors transgender leaders - those who have often sacrificed their careers, their families, their fortunes to change the world so transgendered people could begin to come together in safety and comfort. Without them, we would not be here; we would be at home, hiding in our closets.

We meet to honor their work and thank them for all they have done for us and to give them back a little in return for their decades of work on our behalf.

Jennifer Finney Boylan
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Transgender Pioneer 2016

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan has been described as "a role model for her brisk prose and high spirits as well as for her public advocacy and attention to her wife and sons." She is an activist for LGBT people in general and trans men and women in particular. A widely praised author and professor, Professor Boylan is also a nationally known advocate for civil rights.
Ms. Boylan was chosen as the first openly transgender co-chair of the National Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and Jenny serves as Special Advisor to the President of Colby College in Maine. In addition, she has served on the Policy Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland.

Professor Boylan is an author of thirteen books and is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her 2003 autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller. She’s Not There is popular both as a textbook in high schools and colleges as well as with readers' groups and the work won an award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. She has been a contributor to the op/ed page of the New York Times since 2007 and in 2013 she became Contributing Opinion Writer for the page. Her 2013 work, Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders, is a memoir about the differences between fatherhood and motherhood. Stuck in the Middle holds that "having a father who became a mother has helped my sons, in turn, become better men."

Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions; Live with Larry King twice; the Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, NPR's Marketplace and Talk of the Nation; she has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News' 48 Hours and The History Channel. She is a consultant and cast member for I AM CAIT, the docu-series about Caitlyn Jenner and also served as a consultant to the Amazon series TRANSPARENT.

It is with great honor that the Board of Directors of Real Life Experiences, Inc. to recognize Jennifer Finney Boylan as the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer for 2016.

Information about previous recipients of the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award may be found Pioneer Award Recipients page.

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