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Illustration of a bee facing right with a speech bubble featuring a small heart. The bee features stripes in the colors of the trans flag. Illustration commissioned by transgender author, educator, and speaker Genny Beemyn and designed by Jayke Bouche jaykebouche.com.Welcome !Illustration of a bee facing left with a speech bubble featuring a small heart. The bee features stripes in the colors of the trans flag. Illustration commissioned by transgender author, educator, and speaker Genny Beemyn and designed by Jayke Bouche jaykebouche.com.

Illustration of a bee facing right with a speech bubble featuring a small heart. The bee features stripes in the colors of the trans flag.Welcome !Illustration of a bee facing left with a speech bubble featuring a small heart. The bee features stripes in the colors of the trans flag.

Genny Beemyn is a transgender educator, author, speaker, and consultant. They have been the director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center since 2006 and coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse since 2012. Genny is also co-editor of the new SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies.

Genny Beemyn’s Areas of Expertise

  • Trans College Student Experiences
  • Creating Trans-Inclusive College Policies and Trans-Supportive Campus Climates
  • Trans Identity Development
  • U.S. Trans History

Some of Genny Beemyn’s claims to fame:

  • In 1996, Genny successfully advocated for the University of Iowa to add “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy, making it the first college in the U.S. to have any kind of trans-supportive policy.
  • Since then, Genny has directly assisted hundreds of colleges in formulating and implementing trans-inclusive policies.
  • They wrote some of the first articles on the experiences and needs of trans college students, in the 2000s.
  • In 2001, they became one of the first out nonbinary trans college administrators when they were hired to direct Ohio State’s LGBTQ student services office.
  • Genny helped create the Campus Pride Index of LGBTQ+-supportive colleges and has served on its advisory board since then. 
  • They conducted the first national study of nonbinary trans college students in 2014.
  • In 2018, they were the founding co-chair of International Pronouns Day.

Recently, Genny Beemyn joined other experts to talk about Trans Rights Priorities for the Biden Administration.