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 Women 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.

Daniel, Staff

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.

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.

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.