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This forum is to share transgender resources. You may feel free to post local businesses or web sites that provide transgender products or services. You may not use this to post affiliate links. You must have actual experience with the business or web site to post it here. Please take the time to include some comments about your personal experience with the business or web site along with any special information other members should know such as who they might contact at the business for personal service.

Here are some general recommendations for businesses and/or web sites to include in this forum;

Shoes

Wigs

Accessories

Online Sizing Guides

Cosmetics

Voice Training

Binders and Undergarments

Prosthetics

Transgender Counseling

Physicians and Medical Services

Facial Reconstruction

etc...

We will create a pinned list of the best online resources. We will periodically update this list to include your recommendations.

Thank you in advance for providing useful resources for our members.

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Shoes

Wigs

Accessories

Online Sizing Guides

Cosmetics

Voice Training

Binders and Undergarments

Breast Prostheses

Transgender Counseling

Physicians and Medical Services

Facial Reconstruction

This is a really good thread.

I can share, based on my experiences, some good places but remember everyone is different so what may really work for me may not work for others.

Shoes

When it comes to shoes, I find that the "Shoe Dept", "Sears", and even "Payless" to be wonderful resources for footwear. I usually stay away from very expensive shoe places because I can get a similiar pair of shoes at Sears for 80% cheaper and they lasts twice as long.

Wigs

I never had any personal experiences with wigs but I have some good friends who highly recommend Wigs.com. The prices are affordable and the wigs are increadibly life like. I've seen some girls wear wigs that really looks like a costume wig but at wigs.com i really cannot tell when the girl wears it unless she tells me.

When you wear a wig make sure you get one that works well with your face. Many of these sites will also have a list of perferred face shapes for that specific wig.

Accessories

I just go to the mall for that and get things that are on sell!

Online Sizing Guide

Admin provided a good link in the other thread :)

Cosmetics

I've seen girls spend a small fortune on make up from transgender websites. I find this to be unnecessary. I buy my make up at Pharmacy stores like Rite Aid and also WalMart. My foundation and powder are Maybelline, my Mascara is Maybelline too. My eyeliner is liquid and it's from Hard Candy. My eye shadow is Maybelline, Revlon and Hard Candy, my glitter is Hard Candy, and my lip gloss is Hard Candy. My makeup isn't really expensive at all and I use just average brushes and sponges.

I'm sure more expensive makeup is nice but I get just as good results from less expensive brands.

Also, I use youtube.com when I first started to transition for make up tutorials. I often used Cis Gendered girls videos for the make up tips. I have nothing against transgender make up video tutorials at all but from the ones I have seen those videos were not that great and the make up results weren't the best.

Youtube Michelle Phan. She has 153 videos and this girl is TALENTED. She does makeup tutorials for literally every occasion. For example, one video of hers has over 5 million views. Not too shabby for "how to do your eye shadow for clubbing" and she nails it!

Voice Training

This is one of those things where "Your Mileage May Vary" is all too true. I tried Andrea James "Develop your feminine voice" and it didn't do anything for me at all. However, I know of some girls where it really worked for them.

This is what I did:

1. Download a Spectogram. It's free and there's a lot of them if you have a PC. If you own a Mac, its very hard to find a free one. A Spectogram measures your voice in frequencies. A male voice is 70-150 mhz or so and a female is usually 175 to 256 mhz. My first step was to get the pitch that high and your program will help you get it there.

2. Buy a digital recorder. I got mine at Target for 15 dollars. By using a digital recorder, you can practice by hearing your voice and then making adjustments.

3. Practice your intonation and resonance. This is one of the most important steps for me because this is what gives your voice a feminine quality to it. This takes practice...well your whole voice will take practice. The best thing is to practice practice practice.

4. Avoid Falsetto. It's not good to sound like Mickey Mouse plus it damages your vocal cords.

When I did voice training, I used CandiFLA on youtube. She had some really good tutorials on her youtube and they really worked for me....plus she is free.

If you have money, then I would recommend Kathe Perez. She is a voice coach in Kansas City, MO and she can do personal face to face lessons or through the internet like skype. She is wonderful and you will get results. But she charges.

This is me talking and just one year ago my voice was as deep as a man can get and I had a southern accent to boot!

Binders and Undergarments

I can't tell you much on the Binder arena

Regarding panties and bras, I just go to target and buy packages of 6 for like 10 bucks. Concerning the sizing, this is by trial and error for me. The first time I bought a pair of panties, I really messed up the size and they looked like boxers lol.

I wear a size 8 which is on the bigger side.

Bras are the same way. You just got to try em on. Make sure you get some that fits you too! Even cis gendered females even mess up their sizes because of denial lol. They'll stretch their bands out so tight that when they are properly fitted, the fitter will tell them their sizes are actually 2 sizes larger than what they are wearing now.

About cup size. Unless you have Breast Augmentation, Breast development through HRT or inserts, your cup size wont be important.

Transgender Counseling

When I first started to transition, I lived in an area that had ZERO gender therapists in a 75 mile radius. So I resorted to a therapist in Florida who counseled over the phone.

She is wonderful and she is a licensed Psychiatrist with years of solid experience. She also charges very fairly. Her name is Dr Carol Clark and if you google her, she should be the first link. Give her a try.

Physicians or Medical Services

For endocrinologists, that is usually someone in your area who will do it. For SRS surgeons, you want one who is well known. Talk with other girls who had their surgeries and ask who their doctors were. Here is a list of docs I recommend (in order of excellance ..my opinion):

1. Dr. Suporn

2. Dr Brassard

3. Dr. McGinn

4. Dr. Kunaporn

5. Dr. Meltzer

6. Dr. Bowers

7. Dr. Reed

There are tons more but these are from my experiences.

Facial Reconstruction

I haven't had any of that so I can't give any sound personal advice but I can tell you that Dr. O and Dr Spiegal are both really good surgeons.

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Annah - I think you meant Hz when you mentioned the vocal frequencies. MHz are outside of the range of human hearing by a lot. Usually, the highest tones the human ear can register are around 22 kHz and most music is played between 60 Hz and 1 kHz.

Otherwise, great suggestions. I have watched some of CandiFLA's videos and have more than once professed my love of Payless. I'm totally clueless on makeup, though, so I'll have to check out Michelle Phan sometime since your makeup always looks great (and not even expensive?!).

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Annah - I think you meant Hz when you mentioned the vocal frequencies. MHz are outside of the range of human hearing by a lot. Usually, the highest tones the human ear can register are around 22 kHz and most music is played between 60 Hz and 1 kHz.

Otherwise, great suggestions. I have watched some of CandiFLA's videos and have more than once professed my love of Payless. I'm totally clueless on makeup, though, so I'll have to check out Michelle Phan sometime since your makeup always looks great (and not even expensive?!).

Yeah I meant Hz! LOL

please check out Michelle Phan. That girl is talented.

And yea, my makeup is not expensive at all. I spend VERY little per month on makeup (maybe 15 dollars....max). My eyeliner is like 5 bucks and masscara is 6 bucks. I bought a set of brushes at Target for 9 bucks.

I don't buy the 30 dollar MAC make up brushes or anything like that. For me, at least, I find my make up to be nice without having to spend hundreds of dollars.

To give you an idea (i wear makeup every day):

I have about 50 dollars in eye shadows. Thats 8 "kits" (each kit has 4 colors to apply at the same time)and all 8 kits has lasted me well over a year now...and I wear eyeshadow every blessed day.

I buy a 5 dollar liquid eyeliner once every 3 months.

I buy a 6 dollar Masscara (Maybelline) once every 3 months

My foundation and powder is 7 dollars each and lasts 2 months

I have a lot of lipgloss. Each one is 5 dollars from Hardcandy. Cute as hell colors too. Ive had them for 8 months now and i only replaced two.

So contrary to popular transgender belief, one does not need to spend a lot of money on makeup. I saw a 80 dollar transgender makeup starter kit from another website and almost cringed. The web owner probably spent 20 dollars max on the whole thing.

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Thank you!! These are great suggestions. This is going to be a very helpful forum, especially for those new to transgender life. :)

I'll keep the pinned list updated with selected resources.

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Ok lets try this again without hitting the wrong button and jumping back to another pager .

Eyeliner , always a must various colors for various eye shades and looks , my preference is at walmart by Bonnebell

precise liner its a wonderful liner easy to apply and holds up for a couple days if you leave your eyes alone .

eye shadow once again walmart various again , has to be Maybelline of course Cheep , Lasts , and looks good all day and into the night once again if you leave it alone .

Also Covergirl products are reasonable and they hold up to this girl so I am sure they will for you as well .

and the peice de resistaunce my altime Favorite and endulgent make up is my Bare minerals , any product from them marvelous and will hold up to an all nighter and it wont bother you a bit , generally wear it two days straite no problem , two month supply has lasted me 5 months dont get carried away or it will look like you are wearing makeup , the object of the game is to look stunning and not appear to be wearing a thing . This will do it .

oh and before I apply my makeup I apply moisturiser I use either Oil of oley or my fav is simply St. Ives Oatmeal and shey lotion a light rub in and good to go with the rest .

and By Golly Drink plenty of water I know it will rust your belly buttons but it really does make a difference with how your skin feels and reacts ...

I have posted so many other things here there and every where on here about so many important things it might take me a week to track them all down , so I will repost here if I can think some time ,( anti-depressants have me a little scatter brained ) , so I will gather up a bunch from my cluttered files and post again some helpful links .

One I am currently using is in Nixa missouri ( only one in area BTW played hell to find them and glad I did ) this is where I goto see my Nut Doctor (Hee Hee) :P:o:blink: , and anyone in the surrounding area of Springfield missouri will be glad to have gone to them they are a wonderful , carring and most importantly LBGT Welcoming bunch of people .

easy as click , http://www.yellowbook.com/profile/new-beginnings-behavioral-health-llc_1821463972.html

I am seen by a specialist and over seen by her boss so two birds one stone ... New Beginnings Behavioral Health center . Love you guys . oh and the girls at the front window are Sweethearts , got to love them all .

ok enough till I get a list gathered back up for you all ... Huggs Steph

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Dear Annah,

You pass perfectly both in your looks and voice. You are a lady inside and out!

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