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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 trans educator, author, speaker, and consultant. They have been the director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center since 2006 and the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse since 2012. Genny is also the co-editor of the recently published The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies and an associate editor of the forthcoming 2nd edition of The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies.

Genny’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’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.
  • They worked with the Common App (the admissions form used by 900+ colleges) to make it more trans-inclusive and will be the first researcher to analyze their data on gender identity.

In Spring 2022, Genny led a webinar on “Recognizing Gender Diversity in Research” for UMass faculty

In 2021, Genny joined other experts to talk about trans rights priorities for the Biden Administration.