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  • Tallulah Breslin, MS, CCC-SLP

Texas and Beyond Resources for Transgender and Non-Binary People and Allies

Updated: 6 days ago


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This post will be updated as new resources are located- it is a working document. Links are included for further reading and to specify the source of the information. Recommendations for additions to this list are appreciated, as are any concerns about included resources. We do not have personal experience with the majority of these businesses, so do not consider inclusion here as our personal or medical recommendation.



Support Gender Diverse People with Their Work

 

Communication / Bodily Hexis

Speech Language Pathologists

  • Tallulah Breslin, MS, CCC/SLP Virtual gender and identity affirming voice training for all gender's speaking voices. Teaches workshops to train voice professionals to provider effective, efficient, inclusive, and affirming voice training. Also offers professional consultations and public speeches for voice training, cultural competency, and augmentative and alternative communication therapy. Can provide speech, language, voice, communication and cognitive therapy in situations where clients are struggling to find inclusive care in these areas or need advanced expertise. Teens and adults. Income-based sliding scale available to those in need. This is me- the provider who created and maintains this resource. I hope it helps! :)

  • Courtney Pruitt, MS, CCC/SLP Virtual gender affirming voice training for singing and speaking voice. Courtney's extensive music background allows her to train both gender affirming vocal techniques and improve singing abilities. Also offers voice rehabilitation, swallowing, cognitive, and articulation therapy. All ages. Some insurances accepted, also offers sliding scale to those in need. Courtney is part of our team. Tallulah has trained her in gender affirming voice techniques and recommends her as a skilled, culturally-competent provider with expertise in gender affirming singing voice training.

  • Emily McCullough, MA, CCC/SLP Treats pediatric autism, & language, communication, and articulation disorders. Bilingual English/Spanish. We have personally screened this SLP and recommend her as a culturally-competent provider.

Gender Neutral Name and Title Ideas

  • Lindsey Danis gender neutral character names for writers

  • Nonbinary wiki

  • Gender Queeries Gender neutral/ queer titles

  • Same-sexparents Gender Neutral/Non-Binary Parent Titles

  • Example of one way to be inclusive with child naming: choose at least two total names (a middle and a first name), one remarkable and one common, and at least one gender neutral. For example, for a child assigned female at birth: Charlie Lilybelle, for a child assigned male at birth: Ryan Fox, and for an entirely gender neutral name: Kaden Bailey.

Voice Practice Tools

  • Backstage Monologues for oral reading practice

  • Virtual piano or Virtual guitar for pitch matching

  • Microphone test Use for computer microphone troubleshooting

  • Interactive International Phonetic Alphabet chart allows you to hear what the different symbols we use to represent the sounds of spoken languages sound like. IPA stands for the international phonetic alphabet.

  • AmPitch Real-time scrolling pitch analyzer- displays both pitch and amplitude, and can be configured for different voices

  • WASP2 Record and save live audio, and display speech as a waveform, spectrogram, and pitch track

  • MRI of Anna-Maria Hefele singing What's happening on the inside when you sing in different pitch ranges

  • Laryngoscopy during vocal play Watch the vocal folds on video

  • Pink Trombone Hear how different changes you make affect speech sounds

  • Petralex and Microphone Live microphone loop back apps. Have a little latency, but allow you to listen to yourself while you're doing voice practice.

  • Tiny Piano app is a great mobile tool for pitch matching. The notes are conveniently written at the bottom of the keys. Per my research review, masculine speakers stereotypically use E2-E3, androgynous or gender neutral speakers use A2-G3, and feminine speakers use D3-C4 speaking range.

Gender Voice Communities

 

Visual Elements

Binders

Half or short binders restrict breathing and speech less than full length binders. Binding breasts risks damaging your breast tissue. If you're binding you'll want to be aware of your breathing patterns to make sure you aren't shallow breathing. Do not bind with Ace Bandage or Saran Wrap- your lungs and ribs thank you.

  • Binding 101 by genderbands (and also occasionally free binders)

  • Dr. William Powers method for determining binder fit: four fingers inserted under the side of the binder should stay flat, if the fingers are pressed in the binder is too tight.

  • Point of Pride free chest binders program long waitlist

  • Underworks compression undergarments including chest binders

  • Flavnt skintone skin tone chest binders, birch - onyx

  • LeoLines binders & gender neutral lingerie on Etsy

  • Spectrum Outfitters short binders

  • KT Tape Recommended by multiple people for binding. CVS brand tape doesn't have the branding on it that the KT name brand has.

  • TransTape KT type tape marketed for binding

  • Binder Exchange free binder program for people in the United States who need but cannot afford a chest binder

  • Gender Junk The Gender Junk program provides transgender youth without access to gender affirming items free binders and other gender affirming items.

Gender Neutral Apparel/Underwear

  • TOMBOYX High-quality, gender-neutral underwear, swimsuits, and lounge/sleepwear. I have personally purchased products from this store and recommend them.

  • LeoLines leotards, chest binders, swimsuits, panties, bras

  • Glamour Boutique Gaffs panties for tucking, clothing marketed to crossdressers

  • Savage x Fenty by Rhianna: wider crotch panties

  • Spectrum Outfitters boxers you can pack and pad in

  • Rubies No-tucking needed form-fitting underwear, bikini bottoms, and bathing suits for trans girls. Love their slogan: "It magically turns a pointy poker into a dainty dune."

  • Play Out Apparel Gender-equal underwear and athleisure in extended sizes XS-5X.

  • ECCE HOMO Gender neutral underwear and lingerie. Well-labeled products ("Space in front" and "Flat front").

Clothing Fit/ Sizing/ Styling

Salons, Haircuts, Makeup, Hair Removal and Wigs

  • cute nail studio in Austin: Nail art, microblading, waxing, tattoos, facials. cash only

  • STRANDS FOR TRANS Directory of trans-friendly hair salons and barbershops

  • Coco Coquette in Austin, TX and Denver, CO sells wigs, cosmetics, and accessories. They offer a free virtual group makeup workshop for transgender and non-binary people interested in learning more about makeup in a safe and supportive environment. They throw wig parties, do photo shoots, and teach people how to put on makeup. They describe themselves as providing an LGBQTIA safe space and nurturing an anti-racist environment where employees and customers are treated with respect and equality.

  • Laser & Electrolysis Studio Laser and electrolysis hair removal. Schedules sessions so that people aren't arriving at the same times as others are leaving to maintain privacy. Has a referral program. Sascha was recommended by multiple transgender women who recommended her hair removal services as "comfortable, understanding, and accepting." We have personally screened this provider and recommend this business as culturally competent and affirming.

  • The Glory Box Hair Studio After 15 years in the beauty industry, The Glory Box Hair Studio was created as a space free of judgement but full of accessible luxury. Offering a range of hair and beauty Services from cuts, color, and hair extensions to facial waxing. Owned and operated by Jessy, The Glory Box strives for exceptional beauty above the gender spectrum.

Expanded Size Foot Wear

  • Sophia Webster UK shoe company selling women's shoes sized up to EU 46/ UK 13/ US 15.5. Shoes cost $195-340.

  • shoes.com Women's shoes up to US size 20. Size 16 and below has a wide selection, with shoes priced $36-310, and many shoes available in the $36-50 range. Size 17 has a few options for heels, boots, sandals, and sneakers. Sizes 18-20 has steel toe boots and canvas sneakers only. Some styles are offered in narrow and wide width. Pay attention to sizing and double box any return packaging- it isn't always clear if they're listing UK or US sizing, and returns have been reported to be denied for arbitrary reasons.

  • Tom's shoes up to women's size 12

  • Sorel Women's sneakers, sandals, wedges, boots, booties and slippers up to size 12

  • Cinderella Shoes Women's shoes up to size 15. Slippers at birkenstock-style sandals (brand Emma) at size 15, wide style selection size 10-14. Narrow, medium, and wide width available. Prices range from $37 for slippers to $225 for boots.

  • Pleaser Shoes Shoes up to size 17, known for flashier styles but also has flats and pumps.

  • Tomboy Toes Menswear styled shoes in smaller sizes (EU 36-40) (women's size 7-10) leather and vegan styles

  • Solely Original custom fit shoes. Shoes are fitted to a custom mold made from your feet, so ALL sizes can be purchased here. The mold is made in your home and shipped through the mail. Very pricey but if it's in your budget it's a great service.

Clothing

  • Thrift Center 4101 S 1st St, Austin This is our favorite thrift store in town- they have a wide size range, it's well organized, and we always find something we like that fits.

  • Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds 1506 S Congress Ave, Austin

  • Buffalo Exchange 2904 Guadalupe St, Austin

 

Body Shape and Medical Care

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Medical Care including HRT and gender confirming surgeries

Taking medications without routine monitoring by a physician, "herbal" hormones, black market hormones, unregulated supplements, do-it-yourself breast or genitalia alterations, inserting a tampon into your anus, and black market surgeries can cause harm, have long-lasting undesired consequences, and even lead to death. Sadly, these practices have permanently harmed and killed many trans people. Even in trace amounts, Rogaine has killed felines. Your life and safety matters: PLEASE inform yourself and stay safe. Taking any medication or receiving any surgery should only be under the direction of a licensed health care practitioner.

We recommend looking at the "before" and "after" pictures for any surgeon you're considering, to see if y'all have similar opinions of what the "ideal" surgery outcome is. Talking to people who have worked with a doctor before can also be helpful.

  • Endocrinology clinic at UT Southwestern

  • Crane Center in Austin and San Francisco, transgender surgery center, entire hospital dedicated to trans surgeries Personally recommended by many people who have stated they received surgeries at the center. We are impressed that we have never heard of any issues with this surgery center, and we have met a lot of people who have had surgery here. We'll update this if we ever hear differently. We still recommend being really cautious when it comes to tracheal shaves here though- We've heard they do not have a laryngologist working for them, and plastic surgeons are performing the procedure at the same time as FFS.

  • LGBT Resource Center in Dallas. HIV/STI testing & care, HRT, PrEP, Labs, Vaccinations, Primary care. Dental Services, Behavioral Health Services, Community Groups

  • Del Scott Perry, RN, FNP at Texas Health Family Care in Fort Worth. Follows the Powers method. Inclusive clinic, familiar with trans care, has transgender family members they are accepting of and highly supportive of, and involved in transgender support organizations.

  • Kind Clinic in Austin and San Antonio. PrEP and PEP access, HRT, HIV/STO testing & care, telepractice, Sponsors. Most services are no or low cost, has a waitlist. Some issues with long waits such as for prescription refills have been reported. Also has been reported to require a month wait before prescribing HRT. A very large number of people have reported to us a good experience with HRT management.

  • Dr. Gabrielle Patterson at Methodist Health System in Richardson. Trans friendly primary care doctor, specialty in internal medicine

  • Planned Parenthood. Uses the informed consent model. Will work with people that don't have insurance. Takes some insurances. Has clinics in Addison, Arlington, Austin, Bedford, Brownsville, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Lubbock, Mesquite, Paris, Plano, San Antonio, Spring, Stafford, Tyler, and Waco. Many people have reported to us a good experience with HRT management.

  • Monrose Center in Houston Many people have reported to us a good experience with care there.

  • Eva Montez at Central Family Practice in Austin. Primary care and HRT. Does not accept insurance. Private pay rates are listed on their website. We are familiar with this clinic and recommend them as culturally competent.

  • Jessica Zwiener, MD and R. Todd O'Neal at Braeswood Endocrinology in Bellaire (near Houston). Endocrinology, primary care, and transgender medicine including HRT. Went into business specifically to work with gender diverse people. Uses the Powers method. Has been highly recommended by multiple people who have received HRT se