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Genny Beemyn

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Genny Beemyn is a leading expert on the experiences of trans people in the United States, particularly the lives of trans students, and on the development of trans-inclusive college policies and practices. They are the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Trans Policy Clearinghouse coordinator for Campus Pride (

Genny has written or edited eleven books/journal issues, including The Lives of Transgender People (with Sue Rankin; Columbia University Press, 2011), A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014), and Trans People in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2019). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press).

They are an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, and the Journal of Homosexuality. Genny has a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.