Nancy Nangeroni bio

Nancy with Gordene
Nancy (L) with her life partner Gordene O. MacKenzie

Nancy Nangeroni has been doing transgender activism since joining the community in 1990.  In 1995 she issued the call for a national campaign to stop violence against transgender people and helped lead demonstrations across the country.  That same year she founded GenderTalk Radio, the award-winning talk show about gender and transgender issues on WMBR in Cambridge, MA.  GenderTalk attracted an international audience to and broadcast weekly for over 11 years as the leading media program on transgender issues.  She also co-produced GenderVision, an educational cable and online video series about gender.  In 1998 she led the vigil for murdered transwoman Rita Hester that inspired the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, and she went on to lead Boston’s TDOR Organizing committee for over 10 years.   She served 6 years as Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and helped build the organization.  She continues to advocate for transgender dignity and equality and has been repeatedly honored for her contributions to, and pioneering work on behalf of, the transgender community.

Gender Education

Nancy enjoys the title of Chair Emeritus of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, having  served as Chair from 2008 to 2014.  During her tenure MTPC grew from a tiny group of volunteers into one of the country’s leading statewide trans advocacy organizations, and led the successful passage of the statewide Transgender Equal Rights Act, as well as subsequent legislation securing public accommodations rights.   Nancy also 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.

nancy2006-200In the early days of the transgender movement, in the 1990s, Nancy 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.  Her work was noted in the New York Times in 1996 and 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.


GV-bannerIn 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 periodically 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 starting in 1997 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 to serve thousands of visitors monthly.

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, and for many years led the committee that organized the annual Boston TDOR observance.Nancy has been interviewed countless times and continues to speak out on issues relating to transgender people.  She is currently working on a book-length memoir.


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.  Newly moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is in the early stages of her involvement with trans community there.


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 spending time with her partner of over 19 years, the love of her life, Gordene.