Bits&Pieces, and Links to make it whole!

In no particular order, last checked May 14, 2020

The local alphabet-soup-and-pronouns group, the Pride Centre of Edmonton, has an adequate site. Calgary's Illusions group meets monthly, posting exclusively on Facebook. Political interests can be followed at the Trans Equality Society of Alberta. The elite and misogynist Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose is Edmonton's link to the local drag community. You can find both Red Deer's T/NoCA and the Camrose Pride Community on Facebook; there's also a Camrose Pride webpage. OUTreach Edmonton at the U of A meets monthly, are sincere about what they're doing, and have a progressive website. Pride St. Albert's OutLoud holds regular events in that community. The Jasper Pride group deals with the central Rockies, and the Bow Valley Community serves the Banff and Canmore region of Alberta. Winnipeg's Masquerade socializes the second Friday of every month and really have their act together. Regina's got it together with their Gay&Lesbian Community Club and the Trans Umbrella Foundation. The girls in Vancouver's Cornbury Society also have a good-looking, very informative website.

In the East, Toronto's Xpressions group is strong, active, has a very spiffy site, and are associated with Ontario's Spring Fling and Fabulous At The Falls. Egale Canada, also based out of Toronto, has lots of resources for all members of the alphabet-soup communities. Ottawa's Gender Mosaic has been happening for as long as any other Canadian T group. Montreal has support org ASTT(e)Q, and the activist group Centre for Gender Advocacy.

I was one of two club members featured in SEE Magazine's 2002 article on local crossdressers; the interview was interesting, and the photo shoot was a blast. A more recent Sun article in 2016 showed my image as a lead photo; this is the Real Me, folks! Mike Ross at Gig City had some fun with this writeup on the 2017 Big Valley Jamboree parade.

As well, I use the word "tranny" to describe what I'm doing, and don't find it offensive. Justin Bond made some pithy comments on the subject; I couldn't agree more. Julia Serano has written an interesting essay and glossary on the terminology. Ciara Cremin is a British lecturer who presents wonderfully and wrote a bang-on article in a 2017 Telegraph article. Riki Wilchins, in the Advocate, also refers to the term as important. And Joshua Ferguson makes several good points about non-binary transpeople in this Huffington Post article (though I don't agree with all their opinions on pronouns).

Sister Mercy, also known locally as Mercedes Allen, has put together an Alberta Trans website, and has recently rewritten an excellent History of Transgenderism. The University of Victoria has a strongly academic take with their very good UVic Transgender Archive. I've found the Digital Transgender Archive to be just as informative, as well. A good collection of past t-girl magazines (Ladylike, FMI, Female Mimics, etc) can be found at another digital Transgender Archive too, and drag is well-represented at the Queer Music Heritage site. An interesting article about trans people in the American West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries can be found at Atlas Obscura.

The Breastform Store Canada has good prices, product, and service. Those of us who use balloons and rice packs would be surprised at how nice these bits are. Recommended; the self-adhering Amolux Diamond forms are the best of all - pricey but worth every cent. Jeanne Lazareva, out Russia way, sells highly-regarded breastplates through her BoobsShop site - not cheap, and remember, there's a lot of weight hanging from your neck... As well, DressTech produces excellent hip forms that will make you toss out your padded panties.

BOOOOOBS! While the above sites all post useful information about m2f transformation, this commmentary is brilliant. Wittily and cheerfully, Sabina Apfel explains a lot about what we do and how she does it. A must-read for any t-girl with a sense of humour.

I get my hair trimmed and styled at Est-elle Academy of Hair Design, and can't fault their students' work - indeed, I've gotten several awesome cuts there. Esther, the owner, has hosted makeup and hair sessions for Illusions gals in the past, and the girls are all open-minded, stylish, and competent.

Edmonton's Wig Boutique has been giving local crossdressers excellent service and product for over a decade. The Nu2You Fashion Boutique has excellent selection and staff! Higher-end fashion and worth the money. My go-to shop when in the city, it's handily located north of University Ave on 103rd Street (aka Gateway Boulevard), just behind the Timmie's. Just north, on 80th ave, is Plato's Closet, a nicely-stocked, inexpensive secondhand shopper's paradise. Caprice Consignment Wear, in Edmonton's West End, always treats CDs with respect, good cheer, and fabulous bits for good prices. Highly recommended, as is Leduc's Second Glance Clothing. The ineffable Nightshade Corsets is a must-stop whenever we're in the city - I always spend money frivolously there!

Natasha Night is a nice-looking British girl who's put together a lovely site and who seems to be a decent human. Some of her Flickr photos are brilliant. No illusions, either - "I do not want to be a typical male and I do not want to be a woman nor do I feel trapped in the wrong body." Bravo!

Renee Reyes is an Atlanta gal who has been there and done that, lives her life to the max, and shares a great mountain of good tips. Kathryn du Bois offers good reading on being a fashionable crossdresser. Susan's Place Transgender Resources is a TG support resource which provides information of use to the transgendered and their families. It's neither mainstream nor all-encompassing, but there's Good Stuff here. Rachel's Place is a fine site full of tips, photos, and commentary valuable to transwomen, as is Lucille Sorella's blog. Another resource, comprising radio podcasts, video, and print media, can be found at GenderTalk. Aussie T-girl Emily Farnon also has a cheery and interesting website up for helping newbies. Stana's Femulate is an intelligent blog that's worth following too. Sister House is yet another interesting group where M2F T-folk hang out to share and converse. Crossdresser Heaven is, on the surface, a good place to meet and share with other transvestites, but upon close inspection, tends to reinforce a lot of the fear and tentativity endemic to this special interest - much like the obnoxious Crossdressers.com. Look it over and make your own decision. The World Transgender Association is a trendy, newer group with some good tips and commentary. They even offer official ID, which is a bit silly as it's not accepted by any governmental organizations - but hey, whatever floats your boat!

Kalina Isato's Transvamp.com is an easy-reading trove of the Good Stuff from one of Philadelphia's finest TG gals. Good humour, tips, fine photography, and opportunity to buy product abound here! Femme Fever is a gentle and positive transformation service on the Eastern Seaboard; the site is low-key but complete, and quite inspiring.

Tri-ess is a support group for heterosexual crossdressers and their significant others. There's sensitivity and intelligence at this site, and contacts for the American chapters (not much happening up north here with them, other than a monster convention in Kananaskis in the mid-90s).

Cosmetics - Check out Asia Carrera's makeup page! Pink Femme has a very good page full of advice on choosing one's foundation colour. As well, there's some good tips on wearing stockings at Nylon Nostalgia!

Frock Magazine is the heiress-apparent to past glossy TG magazines as Ladylike and Girl Talk, is free online, and is quite well-done. As well, Brit transwomen have TransLiving that achieves the same production values. More fear-and-self-loathing for my own taste, though.

Sizing charts are always good to have handy; Groupon has some too. These are North American clothing sizes, though - but you can find shoe equivalents here at the Pleaser site.

...before&after...

Tiffany's TG Movie Guide is a fun resource for anyone interested. Compiled in 2012, it's by no means comprehensive, but it's a huge mass of great trivia! "Oh yes, must find this Ahnie movie, it'll be a hoot!"

A fun game can be found on this Map Of Kink; see how many you're familiar with! Caution: there's stuff here that will make you think "What!?" As well, for years I've been reposting this Kink Table that's been popular on various social media.

An interesting look at walking postures shows some definite differences between the sexes. Above&Beyond, while very commercial, provides a lot of products and reading useful to any variety of transgendered individual. The same goes for Suddenly Fem, and Cross-Dress.com, online retailers catering to those who won't shop in the real world. To add a little spice to your dressing, Pierre Silber is a brilliant source for shoes and slutwear. There's a huge inventory at Glamor Boutique and The Fantasy Girl also have competitive pricing with an online presence. You'll find a lot of different product at Nuremberg's Absolutely Special Trade, though shipping costs would rise a bit, and currency exchange can be an eye-opener. Wigtopia blogs a bit on the topic of transgender clients.

Elli Hunter is an accomplished Deutschlander CD whose Tranity Fair dressing service site is utterly stunning. As well, Joanna Jones has been curating her Crossdressing Fun site for some time - many excellent CDs featured here! Cleveland-based Kandi's Land is an ambitious and sweeping website that gives much time to soul-searching, travelogues, and the trials of married life - and some very real photos of CDs in the wild.

Matador Network has an interesting set of recommended European destinations for LGBT folks!

Wikipedia has a very good and fair description of crossdressing here. An excellent, scholarly site, contrasting feminine and masculine body traits, can be found at Feminine Beauty.

"Men in Dresses" is archived here in text format; a 1995 European Medical Journal Special Monograph On Transvestism/Crossdressing brings to light some interesting observations and theories. As with much statistical publishing, one is encouraged not to believe it blindly. Another, more recent scholarly look at autogynephilia dives deep into clinical research.

I'm a proponent of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement - their philosophy is advanced with intelligence and wit here.

I have a photopage up on Flickr. I also post to a less-travelled space at DeviantArt. The electroacoustic duo I played in during 2017, Unpopular Mechanics, has a live set on YouTube, starting at 19m:18s.
 

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