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Nancy has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition since 2008, during which time the organization led the successful passage of the statewide Transgender Equal Rights Act. A longtime transgender activist, writer, speaker, and media producer on issues of gender, Nancy produced and co-hosted GenderTalk, the award-winning weekly radio talk show about gender and transgender issues, for 11+ years. She previously served as executive director of the International Foundation for Gender Education and has been repeatedly honored for her contributions to, and pioneering work on behalf of, the transgender community.


GV-banner In her first co-creation with her partner Gordene O. MacKenzie, she co-produced the music video In Memory of Rita in remembrance of the candlelight vigil for murdered transwoman Rita Hester, an event that inspired the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. From 2006 to 2008, Nancy and Gordene co-produced and co-hosted "GenderVision", a cable television program aimed at educational use. They continue to co-produce video pieces, most recently Rally for Transgender Rights, a short film that played in the 2011 Boston Museum of Fine Arts GLBT Film Festival.

GenderTalk Radio

In 1995 Nancy began producing and hosting "GenderTalk", a radio talk show about gender, transgender issues and progressive politics airing weekly on WMBR-FM in Cambridge, MA, and worldwide at She was joined in this effort by her partner Gordene O. MacKenzie in 1999, and in April 2000 GenderTalk received the GLAAD award for "Outstanding LGBT Radio". GenderTalk's website provides easy access to an archive of over 400 programs. While the production of GenderTalk ended in late 2006, the website continues in 2012 to serve tens of thousands of visitors monthly.

Gender Education Work

Nancy served as executive director of the International Foundation for Gender Education, a leading transgender education and outreach organization, in 1997-8, in order to rescue the organization from impending insolvency and improve the quality of its flagship publication, Transgender Tapestry magazine. She is a respected writer and editor on transgender issues and has published many articles and essays in a variety of publications, including chapters in several books and pieces in Bay Windows; The Boston Phoenix; Transgender Tapestry magazine; Sojourner, the Women's Forum; GCN, The National Queer Progressive Quarterly, and more. She is currently working on a book-length memoir.


nancy2006-200Nancy made pivotal presentations on gender issues to the American Psychological Association, the Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lucent and Bell Atlantic Corporations, MIT and Harvard University, University of New Mexico and more. She has spoken on legal and political, as well as health and medical, issues relating to transgender people. She has appeared on local and national commercial prime-time radio and television broadcasts to discuss issues of gender and transsexualism. She was profiled in a groundbreaking A&E Investigative Reports piece, The Transgender Revolution, which first aired in 1998. She has been interviewed countless times.


photo by Mariette Pathy Allen Nancy founded the Boston chapter of The Transexual Menace, a 'disorganization' of transgender activists, and co-initiated, starting in 1995, a nationwide campaign to put a stop to violence against transgender people by direct action. Over the next few years, she was a lead organizer and participant in demonstrations in Kansas City, Falls City Nebraska, Colorado Springs, Washington DC, Chicago, Burlington Vermont and Boston. At the same time she led Boston's Transgender Pride contingent, and authored the amendment to the Cambridge Human Rights Ordinance which passed unanimously and broke new legislative ground in providing broad protection for freedom of gender expression and identity. She co-edited and published In Your Face, the journal of political activism against gender oppression, the first periodical to chronicle hate crimes committed against transgender persons. She conducted early trans diversity trainings for the Human Rights Campaign national board of directors and governors, as well as local chapters of GLAD, Planned Parenthood, Lucent Technologies, Verizon, Bell Atlantic and more. She led the candlelight vigil for murdered transsexual Rita Hester in 1998, which inspired the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. She continues to lead the committee that organizes annual Boston TDOR observance.


An MIT-degreed electrical engineer with over 20 years of industry experience, Nancy ended her successful engineering career 11 years after her gender transition because of a spinal injury. She now focuses her energies on providing leadership and technical empowerment to the broader transgender community. She designed and maintains, a key community resource, and provides web design support for several non-profit clients.


Nancy Nancy enjoys writing, designing websites, and empowering activists, and occasionally finds time to play an original song or two on the guitar. But most of all, she enjoys being with her partner of over 13 years, the love of her life, Gordene.