Helen Boyd is the author of My Husband Betty (Thunder’s Mouth, 2004) which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and is now in its 7th printing. Her second book, She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband (Seal Press, 2007), has been called “the (im)perfect modern love story” and “a postmodern reflection on transness”. Her blog (en)gender can be found online at www.myhusbandbetty.com.

Boyd has been running an online group for couples since 2000, and has spoken at many 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 spoke about GLBT marriage on PBS’ In the Life. Her writing has also appeared in anthologies edited by Matt Bernstein Sycamore and Vern Bullough. She also got to teach Dan Savage something on his podcast, Savage Love.

Helen Boyd is a nom de plume for the otherwise bookish Gail Kramer. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The City College of New York with a degree in literature and a few other awards in tow. 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. Originally from Brooklyn, she currently teaches gender studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.


Betty Crow is an actor and animator living in New York City with her partner, Helen Boyd, author of My Husband Betty. Since the book’s publication, Betty has appeared on PBS’ In The Life and been to transgender conferences all over the country meeting thousands of trans people and their partners. An advocate for partner issues in trans relationships, she also appeared on All My Children – as herself. She also designs websites.

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