Mac McGregorCountry: United States
BiographyMac McGregor – the “Gender Sensei” – is a speaker and author who works to educate and train various corporations, colleges, and groups on topics concerning diversity, gender, healthy masculinity and being true to themselves. He is a dedicated, heartfelt activist and educator who focuses every part of his existence on creating a world where people can feel free to be their authentic selves.
Author of Positive Masculinity Now which takes a deep dive into gender expectations, socialization, and messaging. Through this guide, you will discover different ways to create deep meaningful connections in your life, free from masks and restrictive thinking. You will also learn the importance of breaking free from traditional gender models in order to create healthy relationships, careers, friendships, and self-images. Once employed, these strategies will reinforce a fulfilling life full of growth, curiosity, and expansion in all of your interactions.
Understanding how the narrow confines of gender socialization have limited everyone is critical for people to be true to themselves and live responsibly in the world. Through conscious exploration, folks of all molds can learn to make empowering decisions that create a more inclusive model of masculinity that supports communication, intimacy, and authenticity within.
He has been a keynote speaker at many events including Mayo Clinic, and many colleges, organizations, and conferences. This includes the University of Washington where he is a guest instructor each semester who discusses the complexities of gender, transgender, and gender non-conforming. Mac has also made appearances on Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, the 700 Club, Univision, People Magazine, and many more. He also writes for the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Seattle Gay News, Unite Magazine and other publications.
Mac’s experience prior to transition was that of a successful female athlete, champion competitor, and business owner. This experience shaped him to become a guiding figure for women’s rights, specifically closing the pay gap and providing equal opportunity for those that are gender variant. He was a former US karate team member, inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a competitor and as a Master Teacher. He has extensive training in conflict resolution and arbitration through being a certified coach and referee through the AAU and U.S. Olympic committee.
The mayor appointed Mac as a Seattle City Commissioner in 2011 and he served until 2016. Mac is on the Washington state council for PFLAG and on the Seattle Police Department LGBT advisory board. Here, he developed policy and training around dealing with the transgender community, which has been used by the US Border Patrol. He continuously speaks on panels and solo at numerous colleges, non-profit groups, and state and city governments on gender & sexuality. Mac teaches community Self-Defense to empower all people on a donation basis so that all have access.
He is also a multimedia talk show host of “The You Can Make a Difference Show” on Rainier Avenue Radio. In 2017 Mac ran for Seattle City Council and was the first transgender person ever to be on a ballot in Washington State. Mac is the Founder and Executive Director of “Positive Masculinity”, a nonprofit that works to dismantle toxic masculinity and helps masculine people work to create a healthier model of masculinity for all people.