Gail Kramer (right) and Betty Crow in 2005
|Pen name||Helen Boyd|
|Occupation||Academic and author|
|Alma mater||The City College of New York|
|Subject||Autobiography, Transgender Liberation|
Helen Boyd (1969) is the pen name of Gail Kramer, the American author of two books about her relationship with her transgender partner. Her partner is referred to in both books as "Betty Crow", though this is also a pseudonym.
Helen Boyd graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The City College of New York in 1995 with a degree in literature. She has been a guest speaker at trans conferences, including the IFGE, First Event, Fantasia Fair, Southern Comfort, the Chicago Be-All, and also at special events like Trans Issues Week at Yale University. Helen and Betty have spoken about LGBT marriage on PBS’s In The Life. As of 2011, she is also a Lecturer of Gender and Freshman Studies at Lawrence University.
Boyd also runs the mHB Forums, a message board for the discussion of crossdressing- and transgender-related topics. The community associated with the board is noted for its willingness to debate sacred cows of the transgender community.
My Husband Betty
Unlike many other books about the topic of crossdressing, it is written specifically from the partner's point of view by a partner and takes a distinctively feminist approach. Although the author's husband was a crossdresser at the time of publication, she now considers herself "trans", a word chosen specifically because it was less well defined (and therefore less restrictive) than "transgender".
She's Not The Man I Married
Boyd's second book is She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband (Seal Press, 2007).
- Seal Press '"Helen Boyd's Author Page", accessed February 13, 2011
- Transgender American Veterans Association "First Event 2007 Press Release", accessed February 14, 2011
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