Ann Wood – Coming Out

“What do I do now?

[Our acquaintances in Spokane] have two children, two little girls. They both took ballet lessons. They both were darling. They both were smart, and cute, and pretty, and dancers and everything else. And [one of them] went to Linville College in McMinville. End of her freshman year she told her mother she was a lesbian. Of course, they came running to us and said, “What do I do now?” [Laughs.] “Just give her a hug.” So, then they adapted to that.

Her junior year she went to France. So here’s what family always do: they go to France to see her. While they were in France she said, “Well, I’m not really a lesbian. I’m just a boy. And always have been.”

This is where I like to praise the school, because she was there her senior year and during that senior year—I don’t know the details of it, I only know the result—she had the counseling. She had the shots, the hormone shots. She had the opportunity to switch her attire and her attitude completely, so that by the end of the year, she was a boy.

Source: Interview with Allegra McFarland, 2 April 2012; transcribed by J. Zander; edited by Laura S. Hodgman; audio held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, OH 975-5.