Reading Allison

This is not a book. Yet.*

Media, publisher, and contact info here.

Below you’ll find guides to autobiographical tales, essays on trans issues, explanations of the transfeminine experience, a few ‘how to trans’ primers, reviews, and the occasional poem.

Ms Washington is a woman with an unusual story. A woman who was assigned as-male at birth but was raised as a girl in 1960s Europe. A girl who, in her teens , was sent to 1970s America and forced to be a ‘boy’. Who returned to Europe and tried very hard to be the man society required, and failed.

As a transfeminine person, she recovered her womanhood in the 1980s, transitioning at a time when this was nearly impossible for most transgender people. As a woman, following transition, she disappeared into the woodwork of cisgender society for a quarter-century, ignorant of the changes taking place in society around issues of sex and gender. In the summer of 2016 she suddenly and accidently found herself swept into a Trans Pride march, into the modern trans community, and became a writer, publishing more than 50 stories in her first year.

Allison’s Greatest Hits

Medium Front Page: Girl, Cured., What He Did to Her, Seventeen: Sex and the Trans Girl, Love and Disclosure as a Trans Woman, The Woman I Left in San Francisco.
Medium Audio: Love and Disclosure as a Trans Woman.

Other most-read stories: Is Transface Offensive?, Three Times a Virgin, What’s it like to be a trans woman?, My experience during the Trans Dark Ages, Metamorphosis, I Am (Not) Native American, I’ve Been Cracked, How I Got from Medium to the Front Pages of Major Media in 10 months.

Stories of Allison Washington’s Life

A full catalogue is here.

My Life in Moments— A continuously growing series of very brief vignettes from Allison’s life.

Girl— A series spanning Allison’s childhood, plus aftermath.

Metamorphosis— How Allison coped during her mid-teens, and an intense experience from that time.

Seventeen: Sex and the Trans Girl — On her own at age 17, Allison sleeps with a man for the first time.

The Woman I Left in San Francisco — Driven mad by gender dysphoria, Allison does a really shitty thing to someone and disappears across an ocean.

Conflicted Romance— Love, sex, and disclosure: Allison tries to sort out romance with men after transition.

Three Times a Virgin— A retelling of the scenes in Seventeen and Conflicted Romance, with a different focus, more background, and more sex. Published in SELF Magazine.

What He Did to Her— Allison recounts her rape.

Twined Fragments — Two transfeminine authors of different generations pass memories back and forth. An ongoing collaboration with author and artist Miriam Suzanne.

Allison Washington’s Essays and Explanations

A catalogue of selected articles is here.

‘Ask Me Anything’ — Allison answers questions from readers, at length.

‘How do I know if I’m trans?’— Some thoughts for those trying to figure it all out.

What is gender transition? — A run-down of everything involved in transfeminine gender transition, for those who want to know, cis or trans.

What’s it like to be a trans woman? — A small taste of what it’s like to be Allison.

‘We’re just normal, why do you call us cis?’ — The trouble with ‘normal’ and why ‘cisgender’ is necessary. (Además en español.)


The Life I Deserved, This is my Body. This is Me., One Evening, Whispered to an Egg.

Reviews & Interviews by Allison Washington

Allison talks to and about other creative trans people. A full catalogue is here.

Selected Correspondence and Commentary

Allison corresponds a lot, and here is a selection of the (hopefully) more interesting bits. (Usually nowhere near up-to-date. Sigh.)

Audio, Video, and Podcasts

The Alice & Mia Show
Cracked: More Tales From The Trans Dark Ages
Gender Odyssey 2016 presentation
Love and Disclosure as a Trans Woman

Information for media, publishers, and others is here.

And read About Me and My Stories.

Thank you so much for reading, and especially to all of you who have so generously shared my work, corresponded with me, and supported me financially. I would especially like to thank Jayne Tucek, Lis Regula, Beth Adele Long, Maya Stroshane, Stevie Lantalia Metke, and J. Morefield who provide major monthly financial support.❤ Allison

I make a spare living doing this. You can support my work and get draft previews and my frequent ‘Letters Home’ for less than the cost of a coffee.

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