Nancy joined the Mattachine Society of Washington in 1967. Her involvement in the Mattachine Society launched a 25-year career in the gay/lesbian movement. Mattachine members nominated her as the female co-editor of The Gay Blade (now The Washington Blade), which was the monthly gay/lesbian newsletter for the Washington, D.C. area. Nancy served as the Blade's editor, sole writer, researcher, layout artist, circulation director and controller from 1969 to 1973.
In 1972, Nancy began a professional involvement with alcohol recovery. In 1979, she helped found the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals. Nancy, who now resides on the west coast, was the first east coast correspondent for The Advocate, member of Washington's Gay Liberation Front and president of the Gay Women's Alternative.
Nancy participated from 1967 to 1969 in the annual gay and lesbian civil rights demonstrations in New York, Washington, DC and Philadelphia.