Trans People in Higher Education
DescriptionWhile more trans students, faculty, and staff have come out on US college campuses today than ever before, many still report enduring harassment and discrimination. Others avoid disclosing their gender identity because they do not feel safe or comfortable at their schools. This groundbreaking book is the first to address their experiences in a single volume. Genny Beemyn brings together personal narratives and original research to give readers both individual and large-scale perspectives, which provide unprecedented insight into the experiences of trans people in higher education. These contributions reveal that despite an improving environment, trans people continue to face widespread interpersonal and institutional opposition on campuses across the country. Some of the first published research focusing on nonbinary trans undergraduates and trans graduate students is included here, in addition to the most comprehensive research to date of trans students at women's colleges and of trans academics. Trans People in Higher Education also examines the sexual health of trans students, the treatment of trans people by individuals with institutional authority, and the strategies and lessons learned from one college that successfully became more trans inclusive.
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About the Author
Genny Beemyn is Director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They have published more than a half dozen books, including A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C.; The Lives of Transgender People (with Susan Rankin); and Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology (coedited with Mickey Eliason).