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.

Cheyenne, Undergraduate Staff

Cheyenne is a second-year student double majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Business Administration. Born and raised in San Francisco, they are excited to be able to immerse themselves in the LGBTQIA+ community here at UMass. Cheyenne has had experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community in the past, having worked with LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center), a resource center for queer and other identifying youth in San Francisco. Having participated in Pride, TransMarch, and other queer/youth related projects back home, Cheyenne hopes to continue and expand their involvement here on campus. Outside of Stonewall and classes, Cheyenne spends most of their time working at Earthfoods, a student-run vegetarian collective restaurant, or attempting to learn how to skateboard or play the guitar.

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 in her second year at UMass. She’s double majoring in Public Health and Social Thought & Political Economy with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She’s on the Executive Board of the Coalition to End Rape Culture (CERC) and a member of Pride Alliance, Students for Reproductive Justice, and Gender Liberation UMass. In the future, she wants to work with survivors of trauma. She plans to travel a lot and get her Master's degree in Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, singing, hula hooping, and fighting oppressive systems.

Hannah, Undergraduate Staff

Hannah is a junior from Lunenburg, MA currently majoring in Sustainable Food and Farming. They work at both the Stonewall Center as an External Event Coordinator and at the UMass Renaissance Center as a Garden Manager. They are very excited to be working at Stonewall to plan fun and engaging events that everyone can enjoy and feel comfortable at. Hannah is also the President of UMass Pride Alliance, which meets at the center on Thursdays at 7. In their free time, they like to practice herbalism, cook multi-course meals, hang out with their cat Bella, wear fanny packs, experiment with various instruments, watch WWE, and be really loud and angry over disability and access issues.

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.

Samantha, Undergraduate Staff

Sam is a third year student at UMass Amherst. They are majoring in Linguistics and Portuguese, and additionally studying Russian. Growing up near Worcester MA, they come from a family of 9 -- and are a proud aunt of 3 (soon to be 4!). On campus, they work for as the Speakers Bureau Coordinator for the Stonewall Center, an Educator Advocate for the Center for Women & Community, a Research Assistant for UMass' Phonetics Research Lab, and a performer/writer for Shaha: The Storytellers. They have also worked with Center Church of South Hadley as a youth fellowship leader, and Craig's Doors shelter as overnight staff. Additionally they are a silver-level competitive Ballroom and Latin Dancer (as both a leader & follower!) and performs for the UMass Belly Dance Club as well. In their free time, they love their yoga practice, social dancing, board games, rock climbing, and cuddling with their sato puppy, Mandi :)

Taya, Undergraduate Staff

Taya is a sophomore currently majoring in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Born and raised in Chicago, they then moved out to the beautiful Amherst. They are very involved with the 5 College Trans Active Support Group. In their free time, you can find them cuddling up to their dog (Theo) while watching Netflix. They loves dogs and will gladly talk to you about them for hours. Taya is a very friendly person who is always willing to help out someone in need.

Taylor, Undergraduate Staff

Taylor, a second-year student who is double majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, was born in Gilbert, Arizona and currently resides in Grafton, Massachusetts. This is Taylor’s second year working at the Center and continues to use this space as a platform for needed activism. Currently, Taylor is a returning 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. Taylor is also an avid participant in the Five College Trans Group that meets every Sunday afternoon and is one of the main facilitators for Gender Liberation UMass (otherwise known as GLU, it sticks). When not working on homework or being involved in the Five College LGBTQ community, he likes to relax/nap in his dorm, venture to Northampton to explore, play with his cat (Simba), obsess over Peter Pan, play video games (currently restarting his Pokémon games), make horrible puns, learn about Lush Cosmetics products consistently, and enjoy a great meal from one of the dining commons.

Zoe, Undergraduate Staff

Zoe is a sophomore currently majoring in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Born and raised on Cape Cod, she is thrilled to continue working with the LGBTQIA community at UMass and supporting LGBTQIA students on campus. Prior to joining the Stonewall team, Zoe served as president of her high school’s GSA and worked as a staff member for the Western region of the Massachusetts Gay-Straight Alliance Network. If you have several hours of free time to kill, bring up your favorite stand-up comedians, your Harry Potter head-canons, or your favorite TV show du jour (prestige television elitists need not apply) and she’ll be happy to talk your ear off! In her free time, Zoe enjoys goofing around with her dog (Tuka), playing the ukulele, destroying white supremacy, and eating her body weight in food from Wings Over.