About the Founder

Boston’s Special Events Production Company…since 1998!

Dr. Kristen Porter founded Kristen Porter Presents (Dyke Night® Productions) in 1998 with a mission to “partner entertainment with philanthropy.” During this time, Kristen Porter Presents Dyke Night® has grown to become the largest and longest-lasting event production company targeting the women’s community in Boston’s history. Money raised through  events is donated to nonprofits, with a priority towards small organizations that lack paid development staff.  Her mission is to build and support community artistically, socially, and philanthropically.

Her philanthropic personal philosophy is rooted in her dedication to supporting our community. She devoted 20 years of service to Boston’s nonprofit community, which included 16 years as Clinical and Executive Director of an integrative medicine health center open to all and providing free care to those with HIV. As a result of her advocacy on behalf of Bostonian’s with HIV/AIDS, Mayor Menino proclaimed October 21, 2009 “Kristen Porter Day” in the City of Boston. She is also “wicked proud” to have been voted by the community as the Boston Pride’s 2017 Grand Marshal.

Dr. Porter is a gerontologist, LGB/Trans*/HIV aging researcher, death midwife, and integrative medicine consultant and acupuncture practitioner whose work is recognized nationally and internationally. As a social entrepreneur she has founded several companies in various fields with community-spirited missions and is a dedicated mentor.

In 2009, Kristen assembled a solid strategic team to oversee the philanthropic work of Dyke Night® and our community service programs like our 100% volunteer (Lindsey, Bren, Doris, Suzanne and Rebecca) produced The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda to continue her vision to support our community artistically, socially and philanthropically.  Kristen is the founder and creative visionary (she is not on staff).  Kristen Porter Presents operations are managed by Perri and our Marketing and Social Media by Julie.

To book Dr. Porter for a speaking engagement or in her role as a Justice of the Peace (MA) to officiate your wedding: email her.