Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Alison Laing

Alison and Me
Alison and Me

I have not attended Fantasia Fair in a few years, but when I did attend, I usually stayed at the Chicago House, a cozy bed and breakfast in Downtown Provincetown.

About half the guests at Chicago House were repeats and as I became a repeat myself, I got to know the other Chicago House repeaters, including Alison Laing, who died recently.

From Dallas Denny (via Helen Boyd):

Alison played a huge role in the forming transgender community. She was a co-founder of Renaissance Education Association, author of a book on voice, and served as Executive Director of the International Foundation for Gender Education. Alison and spouse Dottie were long-time supporters of Fantasia Fair, and both served as Director for multiple years, and both earned the Fair’s highest awards.

Living in a B&B, you get to know your sister residents a little more intimately than you would otherwise. Only in a B&B do you get to chat with your sisters over breakfast while wearing nightgowns and slippers. Some girls showed up without wigs and makeup, others with wigs and full makeup (that's me) and then there were some in boy mode pajamas — it was quite a mix. That's where I got to know Alison... over breakfast at the Chicago House.

Alison was very friendly and very knowledgable. And she was very willing to share her knowledge and never tired of this newbies questions about Fantasia Fair and the trans world, in general. She also had a good sense of humor and got my jokes.

I will miss Alison. May she rest in peace.

Source: Ann Taylor
Wearing Ann Taylor (Source: Ann Taylor)

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari
Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari femulating in television's Bosom Buddies, circa 1981.


  1. Thank you Alison for your hard work. Peace to you and your family. Also, I loved Bosom Buddies. It was silly and inspiring.

  2. I was so sorry to hear this from Dallas. I hadn't seen Alison in about 15 years but she was always such a joy at Southern Comfort Conferences back in the late 90's. As the chair of the Big Brother/Sister program taking care of newcomers, I always loved it didn't matter if you came out the day before or 20 years earlier, Alison treated people exactly the same. She will be missed.