Speaker, Educator, Activist
Alexander Pangborn has been in transition for 15+ years, and has been active within the Queer community for 20+ years. He is a self-identified genderqueer transman who lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and child. Alexander is an R.N. who specializes in hospice care.

Alexander has spoken at many colleges, universities and groups about his experiences as a transgender person, as well as his work with transgender youth. He was co-founder of the Kitsap County LGBT youth group, and the SeaBoyz social and online forum in Seattle.

Alexander participated in "Pioneering Voices: Trans Experiences from the Valley," a photo/text exhibit illustrating personal perspectives and experiences of transgendered Pioneer Valley (MA) residents. The exhibit- part of the Family Diversity Projects series- includes photos, interviews and emotive quotes. By artist Jack Pierson.

Alexander also appears in the documentary film "TransformNation" by filmmaker Alex Depaz (Debut screening 11/17/07) and in the short film "Alex in Progress" by filmmaker Leigh Orsillo (April 2008).

In his "free time," Alexander provides trainings and consultations for local organizations, and serves as Director of TAEO (Transgender Advocacy, Education and Outreach) for HeartStrong.

Alexander was the chair of the TransCampus committee at Holyoke Community College, which designed a nondiscrimination policy specific to gender identity/expression, adopted by the college in March '10.

Alexander is also a published contributing author for "It's Not About You: Understanding Coming Out & Self-Acceptance" with Marc Adams and Shelley Craig.


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Speaking Engagement History:

PFLAG, Olympia, WA, April 2003
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender

St. Martins University, Lacey, WA, April 2003
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender

Evergreen College, Olympia, WA, Fall 2003
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender

Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA, October 2004
Panelist on transgender topics

Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA, February 2005
Panelist on transgender topics

Evergreen College, Olympia, WA, Spring 2005
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender

YouthCare, Seattle, WA, June 2005
Working With Transgender Youth/Transgender 101

Maury Povich Show, New York, NY, January 2006
Talk show guest regarding transgender experience

University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, November 2006
My Own Skin: A Transgender Experience

Trans Day of Remembrance, Northampton, MA, Nov. 2006
Transcending Survival: A Speech for the Day of Remembrance

Trans Teen Movie Event, Northampton, MA, Nov. 2006
Facilitator for discussion following film screening

Community Action, Greenfield, MA, March 2007
Workshop Presenter: Trans 101/Becoming a Trans-Competent Provider (with D. Shlasko)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, March 2007
Panelist: On working with transgender youth & as an activist in the GLBTQ community

Trans Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2007
Workshop Presenter: Couples: The Challenges & Joys of Transition

Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, April 2007
Panelist: Transgender issues in the workplace

GLBT Youth Support Training Institute (sponsored by GLYS), Worcester, MA, Jan 2008
Workshop Presenter: Trans 101/Supporting Transgender Youth

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, May 2008
Universities in Transition: A review of transgender issues and their relation to university campuses

New England Trans Pride March, Northampton, MA, June 2008
Raise Your Voice! (Speaker at rally following march)

Department of Children and Families, Springfield, MA, February 2009
Workshop Presenter: Transgender 101/Becoming a Trans-Competent Provider

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA, March 2009
Workshop Co-Presenter: Transgender Language and Etiquette (Part of the TransCampus Series)

MA Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Student Development, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA, April 2009
Workshop Co-Presenter: Transgender Language and Etiquette (Part of the TransCampus Series)

Community Action Youth Programs, Greenfield, MA, June 2009
Workshop Presenter: Transgender 101 and Working with Transgender Youth

Holyoke Community College, October 2009
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Intro to Sociology class)

Holyoke Community College, November 2009
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Sociology of Sex and Gender class)

Bentley University, Waltham, MA, November 2009
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Transgender Literature class)

Bentley University, Waltham, MA, November 2009
Transgender Issues in the Classroom and the Workplace (All campus presentation)

Holyoke Community College, April 2010
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Sociology of Sex and Gender class)

Holyoke Community College, April 2010
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Intro to Sociology class)

Holyoke Community College, May 2010
Student commencement speaker at graduation ceremony

Massachusetts Community College Diversity and Inclusion Summit, Holyoke Community College, June 2010
Workshop Co-Presenter: Transgender Language and Etiquette (Part of the TransCampus Series)

Bentley University, Waltham, MA, October 2010
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Gender Psychology class)

Bentley University, Waltham, MA, November 2010
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Intro to Gender Studies class)

Bentley University, Waltham, MA, February 2011
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Gender Psychology class)

New England Women's Studies Association (NEWSA) Conference, UMass Dartmouth, MA, April 2011
Cisgender Privilege: Strategies for the Gender Studies Classroom (with Dr. Traci Abbott of Bentley University)

Bentley University, Waltham, MA, October 2011
My Story: Growing up Queer and Transgender (Gender Psychology class)


Full speaking/training resumé and references available upon request

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