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Jennifer Finney Boylan first trans woman to serve as GLAAD board co-chair

Professor shares duties with entertainment lawyer Steve Warren

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the first trans woman to co-chair GLAAD's board of directors. Credit: colby.edu

Academic, writer and activist Jennifer Finney Boylan is the new co-chair, along with gay entertainment lawyer Steve Warren, of GLAAD's board of directors, the media advocacy group announced Nov 8. Boylan is the first trans woman to serve in that capacity.

Her resumé includes teaching English at Colby College, a liberal arts school where she has won the Professor of the Year title, as well as authorship of a number of short stories and books, including the bestselling memoir She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Boylan has also spoken at several universities and colleges about transgender issues.

"Jenny's proven leadership will be instrumental as GLAAD continues to grow mainstream media attention and public understanding around transgender issues," GLAAD's acting president, Dave Montez, says in a statement on the group's website.

Montez describes Warren, a winner of GLAAD's Steven F Kolzak Award for his advocacy for LGBT equality in entertainment, as a leader in the industry who will be instrumental in helping the group "push for groundbreaking images of LGBT people" that will foster change in the US and abroad.