UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst
Photo - inside the Stonewall Center

Stonewall Center Staff

Genny Beemyn, Director

Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students. They have written or edited nine books/journal issues, including The Lives of Transgender People (with Sue Rankin; Columbia University Press, 2011) and special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on "Trans Youth" and "Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth" and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on "LGBTQ Campus Experiences." Genny's most recent works are A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and the "Transgender History" chapter for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press). In addition to being the director of the Stonewall Center, Genny is the Trans Policy Clearinghouse coordinator for Campus Pride ( and an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Genny has a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master's degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration. They are also an avid cross-country runner and like the challenge of biking up mountains.

Hillary Montague-Asp, Graduate Assistant

Hillary is a Master's Student in the Social Justice Education Program and was previously a student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Sociology, Women & Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, and Peace & Conflict Studies. While at CU Boulder, Hillary was an employee of the GLBTQ Resource Center, the Office of Orientation, and the CU Student Government, a queer student group leader, and served on several queer-related campus committees. Hillary has done research concerning the campus climate for transgender college students in Colorado, as well as an extensive thesis on the It Gets Better Project. Hillary was named a Top 12 Leader in Action in 2011 by Campus Pride and has focused her activism toward policy change for trans students, including but not limited to nondiscrimination policies, bathroom options, and housing, as well as educating her local communities on queer issues. She is interested in the construction of bullying in K-12 schools, particularly as it pertains to queer students and their intersecting identities. Hillary has presented at national conferences on body/fat positivity in the queer community and plans to continue these conversations at UMass. In her free time, Hillary loves to do anything outdoors (hiking, skiing, napping), watch any TV show featuring Gordon Ramsey, and create music.

Amelia, Undergraduate Staff

Born and raised in New York City, Amelia is a senior studying Computer Graphic Design through the BDIC program at UMass Amherst. Her graduation date is fast approaching and she is struggling to keep her head above water. Amelia was president of her GSA for her last three years in high school. Amelia hopes to be able to return to the Stonewall Center in years to come and see all the familiar and new faces that have joined the community. Amelia adores crafting, hiking, horseback riding, astrology, rowing, and long walks in the fall foliage. Amelia is ready to take on the challenge and make events happen.

Andres, Undergraduate Staff

Andres, a sophomore who is double majoring in Japanese and Natural Resource Conservation, was born and raised in Pereira, Colombia. He moved to Norwalk, CT at the age of 8 and now resides in Northampton. After taking some time off from school, he is excited to be back on campus and studying what he enjoys. He looks forward to becoming a forest ranger, travelling all around the world, and living in Japan for a couple of years. He has been involved in the LGBTQ community since his first year at UMass and is currently having a blast working at the Stonewall Center this year. He hopes to work with his fellow co-workers in order to make the UMass campus more inclusive and friendlier for everyone in LGBTQ community. In his free time (which doesn’t happen too often) he enjoys dancing, going out for hikes, exploring, rock climbing, trying new things, meeting new people, and watching TV shows on his computer.

Daniel, Undergraduate Volunteer

Daniel is a second-year student at UMass currently majoring in Communication and minoring in Economics. Coming all the way from Reseda, California, he hopes to help the LGBTQ community in any way he can by becoming a part of the community and seeing how to progress it to the next step. He loves expanding his horizons and experiencing what each year of his life has to bring. Daniel founded the GSA at his conservative high school and has worked for the Stonewall Center for a year now. Daniel loves art (especially M.C. Escher and Tim Burton), Marvel Comics (1990s X-men), and the Disney franchise (Lilo & Stitch, Finding Nemo, and TRON) so you can talk to him for hours about that. He hopes to work hard to make equality, peace, and love spread as far as the world will let him and create a better place for everyone to live in. He loves helping people and strives to have an effect on people's lives and hearts.

David, Undergraduate Staff

David is from Worcester, MA, and is a junior majoring in Music Education, playing violin, piano, and guitar. He plans to teach after graduating and envisions his classes as an inclusive place for everyone, no matter what their circumstances. David is aiming to be the kind of teacher whom any student can go to for help and be a strong, positive role model for all students. It may be a given, since he’s a music major, but his favorite hobby is simply playing and performing music from Bach to Adele. He also likes to go out with friend, dance, go hiking, and basically anything that is outdoors (no matter the weather). David is friendly and a very easy person to talk to, so if you see him on campus, don't be afraid to strike up a conversation.

Emma, Undergraduate Staff

Coming from Duxbury, MA, Emma is a junior in the Microbiology Undergraduate Program. She hopes to complete a major in Micro, as well as minors in Anthropology and Biology. Coming from a relatively sheltered town, working at a place like the Stonewall Center (an establishment practically bubbling over with gay diversity) is a dream come true. Though she was president of her high school’s newly formed GSA for two years, the rich cultural awareness that she finds at UMass is quite endearing for her. She hopes that her time at the Stonewall Center will help to make a difference in her local community, and that people will feel comfortable coming to her in times of need. Emma adores Shakespeare, video games, guitar, astrology, mythology, and folklore. Humorous and charismatic, Emma is eager to host as many events as possible before she graduates.

Eric, Undergraduate Staff

Eric is a junior political science and communication double major from the cozy coastal town of Kingston, Massachusetts. As an avid activist, Eric comes to the Stonewall Center with years of advocacy under his belt for a range of issues and political candidates. In addition to his leadership position as Communication Director for the University Democrats, Eric is an RA in John Quincy Adams and has worked for several political campaigns, as well as for the US State Department and LGBT advocacy groups, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Service Members Legal Defense Network. Eric enjoys listening to a range of music from Lady Gaga to classical music, reading, writing slam poetry, feeding into his internet addiction, going to the gym, going into town, playing pick-up sports in his side yard and making a difference in people's lives. Both silly and serious at times, Eric hopes to be able to reach out to the LGBT community at UMass and make it a nicer place for people of all sexualities and genders.

Meghan, Undergraduate Staff

Meghan, from Wrentham, Massachusetts, is a sophomore majoring in Chinese with a Spanish minor. In addition to working at the Stonewall Center, she also lives on the Spectrum LGBTQ and Allies Floor in Central. She likes getting involved in the LGBTQ community on campus and in the Five College area, and she enjoys working on fun community events for LGBTQ students and allies. Meghan is excited to help out with the Stonewall Center's ally trainings this year, and is also on the planning committee for the Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference that will be taking place in the spring. When she's not working or studying, Meghan enjoys reading, discovering new music, hiking, and especially napping.

Sammi, Undergraduate Staff

Sammi is a sophomore, from New York City, majoring in Environmental Conservation and Environmental Design. She facilitates a cluster of the Eco-Rep program on campus and is planning on joining the Peace Corps after graduation in a few short years. Aside from loving the natural world, she also is passionate about LGBTQ rights and hopes to see the campus become a safe and welcoming space for all. She loves working at the Stonewall Center and being allowed to interact and learn with so many different (and awesome) people. In her free time, Sammi enjoys talking about trees, making hilarious jokes, dancing alone in her room, Netflix binge-watching, being outdoors, and eating all of the food.

Tony, Undergraduate Staff

No matter where you go, one can never escape the ever-presence of Tony Tran. He was born in the witch town (Salem, MA), but to escape being burned at the stake, he was forced to live in exile in the City of Sin (Lynn, MA). To protect himself, he devoted his life to help and educate others so we all may live prosperously. Tony is a double major in Psychology with a BS track and Communications, as well as a minor in Secondary Education. During what’s left of his free time, he turns to photography, Zumba, and taking the occasional nap on campus. He may be quirky, he may love Pokemon too much, yet Tony is very kind, supportive, and always there if you need someone to talk to. He is the man with the plan to excite your life. Tony is more than ready to work at the Stonewall Center to help anybody and everybody.