Areas of Expertise (6)
Transgender College Students
Transgender Law and Policy
Transgender Mental Health
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.
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 (4)
‘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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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 surveyone of the largest ever conducted in the U.S. on gender development and identity-making among transsexual women, transsexual men, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals.