Author, Public Speaker, and Human Rights Advocate
Welcome to my website, a landing site for all things that will connect you to me.
I aim to create a better understanding of the world and our place in it — a mission which has cast me in many different roles: author, artist, and creative wanderluster. Connect with me through some of my links below and through my Best-Selling book, "Sometimes it Hurts: A Transgender Woman's Journey".
Like everyone else, I am so many things - Most notably, you likely know that I am transgender, but now also am an author, a public speaker, and a human rights advocate, but there is so much more to me than meets the eye - I get excited about the little things and love nature, I love old cars, and love being around people - I thrive on my interactions with friends new and old and love to meet new people and hear their stories. I also love to stay active physically and mentally and like being involved in my community.
Now that I have written my first book, it has given me the platform to do the most good in the arena of human rights, specifically in the LGBTQ+ arena. I didn't know where my writings would take me necessarily, and when I started, it was more just for me to get the thoughts out of my head and down onto paper, it was and still is cathartic to me to write. I'm glad to share my story now with all of you.
Sometimes it Hurts: A Transgender Woman's Journey
July 25, 2018
Allison Whitaker was born in the wrong body. Born into a life in a world that would never be right, it was never made for her. Growing up, she never knew how to confront the fact that she was transgender and buried all of her anxiety and depression deep within, focusing her energy into, and obsessing over hobbies to get her mind off of everything she hid from the world.
When finally confident to begin coming out of the closet as a gay male at age 20, she found no support for her “choice.” Rather than live with the burden of lack of support, she went back into the closet, living the next 12 years of her life closeted, seen by the world as a typical heterosexual male, again hiding her secret.
At age 32, living with worsening anxiety and depression, Allison was faced with the decision to either end it all rather than live in the wrong body or to finally come out to the world and be herself. Luckily, she chose the latter. Along the way she met new friends, has had many new experiences, including some negative ones that have included harassment, workplace discrimination, and sexual assault.
This book is a reflection of her two-year long journey of transitioning from male to female, the joys and pains, surviving, and coming out the other side whole and happy.
Read her first person account of her transition, through coming out at work and surgeries, ups and down, in a raw, honest account of her experience.