Genny conducted an analysis of students’ gender identity, race, first-generation status, and pronoun responses on the Common App, the admissions form used by more than 1,000 colleges. Students entering college this fall were the first group to be given the opportunity to indicate their gender identity and pronouns on the form. The Campus Pride report, “The Changing Nature of Gender in the 21st Century: How Trans and Nonbinary Students Applying to College Today Self-Identify,” is available here.
Genny’s experiences with having an “X” on their driver’s license were discussed in a local NPR story about the option to have a nonbinary gender marker on Massachusetts licenses (unfortunately, the story left out Genny talking about how they have white privilege in being able to have a state document identifying them as nonbinary).
Genny’s article, “College Students Are Increasingly Identifying Beyond ‘She’ and ‘He’,” was published in The Conversation, providing insight into pronoun usage among incoming college freshmen. Based on findings from their research on data submitted by over 1 million prospective students to the Common App, the article indicates that nonbinary college students are using a wide variety of pronouns, but also commonly using “they/them.”
More findings from Genny’s research can be found on the 2022 Common App Research page of this site.
Genny was recently interviewed by Best Colleges on how trans high school students can know if a college is going to be supportive of them. See the video here.
Genny’s article, “Legal Fights Persist over Policies that Require Teachers to Refer to Trans Students by Their Chosen Pronouns,” was published in The Conversation.
For Pride Month, Genny was interviewed live by CBS News on how colleges support/fail to support LGBTQ+ students and what students can do if their institutions are unsupportive.
On behalf of Campus Pride, Genny wrote a group letter to the Department of Education to urge them to change their system for how colleges report data on the gender of their students to be inclusive of nonbinary students.
The letter was signed by dozens of national higher education and LGBTQIA+ organizations, including ACPA, NASPA, AAC&U, AASCU, ACUHO-I, the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, GLSEN, PFLAG, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Genny is thrilled to announce that they will be working with the Common App to analyze the gender identity and pronouns, and the intersections with racial identity, for the more than a million students who filled out their application in the current college admissions cycle. The data will be the largest body of information on the gender identity of incoming college students.
Genny’s thoughts about the limits being placed on trans women to compete in college athletics were featured in a Feb. 25, 2022 article in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Genny was featured in a USA Today article about dating as a nonbinary person, “How Society’s Views on Gender Impact Relationships.”