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); an anthology entitled Outside the Gender Box: Trans and Non-Binary Gender People in Higher Education (SUNY Press); and an issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on "The Intersections of Trans and Lesbian Identities, Communities, and Movements." 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, 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.

Hillary Montague-Asp, Graduate Assistant

Hillary is a Doctoral student in the Social Justice Education Program, with her M.Ed. from UMass Amherst and her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hillary has done research on the campus climate for transgender college students in Colorado; a study resulting in extensive critiques of the It Gets Better Project; research about how queer-identified, woman-identified people embody their fatness; and is currently pursuing a project on how gender (both sexism and transgender oppression) are taught as a part of social justice curricula in university classrooms, with a particular focus on the intentional pedagogical and curricular choices made when the topic of gender oppression is co-taught by Black men and white women. As a loud and proud femme, Hillary has presented at local, statewide, and national conferences on body and fat positivity; misogyny in queer communities; oppression and privilege; and, race and racism in queer communities. In her free time, Hillary loves talking about gender and queer theory, doing anything outdoors (hiking, skiing, napping), obsessing over her cat (Nola), watching any TV show featuring Gordon Ramsey, and creating music.

Andrés, Undergraduate Staff

Andrés is a fourth-year student studying Natural Resource Conservation with a minor in Japanese Language. They are the Head Coordinator for Stonewall's Internal Events Committee, overseeing After-Hours, Lock-ins, and other events held in the Stonewall Center throughout the semester(s). They serve as the Stonewall Center Liaison in the, Queer Student Leader Coalition, a group of leaders from several Queer groups on campus. Andrés strives to build an inclusive community where individuals can feel supported and safe to express themselves, and build meaningful connections with other LGBTQIA students. In addition to working at the Stonewall Center, Andrés is also part of Residential life and works as a Residence Assistant for the Wheeler/Gorman cluster. During their free time, they enjoy exploring, going into the woods, hiking, hanging out with friends, dancing, eating, and trying new things. They love meet new people and get really excited when they do. So, if you happen to see them around, don’t hesitate to say Hi!!

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 (aka Double D) is from Worcester, MA, and is a senior majoring in Music Education and minoring in Psychology. 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. The instruments he actively plays include piano, cello, violin, and guitar. He also likes to go out with friend, dance, go camping, 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 or smile and wave.

Eric, Undergraduate Staff

Eric is a senior 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 experience under his belt for a range of issues and political candidates. In addition to his leadership role as President of the University Democrats, Eric is an RA in John Quincy Adams and has worked for several political campaigns and non-profits, as well as for the US State Department. Some of Eric’s favorite things include endlessly scrolling through tumblr, playing with his husky Flurrie, reciting poetry or chatting endlessly at coffee shops and hiking the beautiful scenery of the Pioneer Valley. Both silly and serious at times, Eric hopes to be able to continue to reach out to the LGBT community at UMass and make it a nicer place for people of all sexualities and genders.

Jayanne, Undergraduate Staff

Jayanne is a junior Theater major from the lovely beach town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Her plans for the future involve becoming an actress and activist on the same level of Emma Watson or Angelina Jolie. On campus, she is involved not only with the Stonewall Center, but with VOX and the Vagina Monologues as well. As an avid spokesperson for LGBTQIA rights and a passionate feminist, Jayanne is more than thrilled to be working at the Stonewall Center and getting to know the many wonderful and different people who spend their time here. In her free time, Jayanne can be found reading, writing, binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and enjoying the subtler beauties of Western Massachusetts, whether that's on a walk through campus or on a day trip to Northampton.

Josie, Undergraduate Staff

Josie is a first-year student from the small town of Kinderhook, New York. She is currently double majoring in Public Health and Social Thought & Political Economy with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is thrilled to be working with the Stonewall Center and is extremely passionate about working with and supporting the LGBTQIA community. She is also involved in Girl Up, a UN program aimed at raising awareness and funds to support the education, safety, and health of girls in developing countries. In the future, she hopes to work with social justice and improving the health of minorities. She plans to travel a lot and eventually get her Master's degree in Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele, singing, hula hooping, going to concerts, eating the wonderful UMass food, and spending too much time on the Internet.

Meghan, Undergraduate Staff

Meghan, from Wrentham MA, is a junior at UMass majoring in Chinese and Spanish. This is Meghan’s second year working at the Stonewall Center, where they help to coordinate the Ally Training program. They are passionate about education, especially concerning gender and sexuality issues. In addition to working at the Stonewall Center, Meghan also represents Sylvan as a Senator in SGA, where they hope to effect positive change for LGBTQIA students on campus. In their free time, they enjoy Netflix marathons, dismantling the patriarchy, and the sweet embrace of a nap.

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.

Sarah, Undergraduate Staff

Sarah is a fourth year student from Farmington, Connecticut majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about community organizing and connecting people to valuable resources. Aside from her work at the Stonewall Center, she works with the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation as the Outreach Coordinator. Sarah has organized and helped facilitate the monthly dialogue space called "Queer Conversations" since April 2013 when it was founded. Additionally, she has been working to create community for people who identify on the asexual spectrum through monthly meetups in the Pioneer Valley. She lives in the Spectrum: LGBTQA Defined Residential Community at UMass and volunteers at blood drives with the Red Cross Club. Sarah attends VOX: Students for Reproductive Justice, and Pride Alliance meetings whenever she can. In the past, she has been heavily involved with the Coalition to End Rape Culture and the UMass production of the Vagina Monologues. She enjoys talking to people, traveling, attending social justice conferences and baking sweet things.

Taylor, Undergraduate Staff

Taylor, a freshman who is double majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, was born in Gilbert, Arizona and currently resides in Grafton, Massachusetts. Although he is one of the younger staff members, Taylor has the experience for joining and fitting into the Stonewall team. Currently, Taylor is a staff member for the Western Massachusetts portion of the Massachusetts Gay-Straight Alliance Network and speaks regarding his story with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, he is also presenting a workshop at this fall’s GLSEN Conference at Westfield High School. Taylor is also an avid participant in the newly started Five College Trans Group every Sunday afternoon. When not working on homework or being involved in the Five College LGBTQ community, he likes to relax in his dorm, venture to Northampton to explore, play with his cat, Simba, obsess over Peter Pan, making horrible puns, and enjoy a great meal from one of the dining commons.

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.