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Genny Beemyn - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Genny Beemyn Genny Beemyn

Director of Stonewall Center | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Genny Beemyn is an expert on the lives of transgender college students and on trans-inclusive policies and practices on college campuses.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Transgender College Students

Transgender Law and Policy

Transgender Mental Health

Trans Youth

LGBTQ Equality

Transgender Issues


Director of UMass Amherst's Stonewall Center and coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse, Genny Beemyn has been interviewed widely to discuss the experiences of transgender college students and the development of trans-inclusive policies and practices on college campuses.

Beemyn has published more than a half dozen books on the lives and experience of LGBTQ people, with an emphasis on transgender youth and college students.


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Improving Policies For Transgender Students Difficult Dialogues: Gender Identity Issues Dr. Genny Beemyn on Trans Rights Legislation and Representation in the United States


Education (3)

University of Iowa: Ph.D., African American Studies/American Studies

University of Rochester: M.S., Higher Education

Cornell University: B.A., Africana Studies and Political Science

Press Coverage (5)

Mental Health Care Is Crucial For Trans People — So Why Is It So Hard To Find?

Refinery 29  online


Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, says the mental health struggles of trans people largely stem from their stigmatization in society and not because of their gender identity. “Any higher prevalence of mental health issues comes about because of the way society treats them," Beemyn says.

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‘X’ marks the spot: RMV offers non-binary gender option on IDs

Daily Hampshire Gazette  print


Genny Beemyn comments about a new Massachusetts law allowing residents to identify as non-binary on their driver's license.

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UCF most welcoming in Florida for LGBTQ students, ranking shows

Orlando Sentinel  print


Genny Beemyn, who directs The Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the campus resource center for queer and trans students, estimates some 200 of the nation’s 4,300 degree-granting post-secondary institutions have written guidelines for trans students’ needs, including housing and restroom accommodations, the two issues Beemyn says are most critical to trans students.

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Trans Students Often Struggle With Mental Health

Inside Higher Ed  print


College officials need to require training for professors and staff members around gender minorities, similar to how many institutions teach their faculty members about sexual harassment, said Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and coordinator of the LGBTQ advocacy group Campus Pride's Trans Policy Clearinghouse.

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This college basketball player came out, and it was pretty much normal

The Washington Post  print


Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center, comments on news that a UMass student-athletie is the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player,

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Publications (4)

Look inside this book. Trans People in Higher Education (Book))

SUNY Press

Genny Beemyn (editor)


While more trans students, faculty, and staff have come out on US college campuses today than ever before, many still report enduring harassment and discrimination. Others avoid disclosing their gender identity because they do not feel safe or comfortable at their schools. This groundbreaking book is the first to address their experiences in a single volume.

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How Colleges Can Still Legally Protect Trans Students Without Coverage Under Title IX


Genny Beemyn


The Trump administration’s revocation of the “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” further oppresses one of the most oppressed groups on college campuses and represents a complete reversal of federal efforts over the past few years to ensure the basic civil rights of trans students. But colleges can still legally encode the rights that the Trump administration is no longer protecting; it is time that institutions step up and support their trans students.

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Why trans rights nationwide are only a matter of time

The Conversation

Genny Beemyn


There is a long way to go before transgender people throughout the United States are treated with respect and dignity, as shown by the opposition in some places to trans people using restrooms that match their gender identity.

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The Lives of Transgender People (Book)

Columbia University Press

Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin


Responding to a critical need for greater perspectives on transgender life in the United States, Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin apply their extensive expertise to a groundbreaking survey—one of the largest ever conducted in the U.S. on gender development and identity-making among transsexual women, transsexual men, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals.

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