The Trans Consumer


Extreme Chest Concealer FTM Chest Binder
October 8, 2010, 8:59 pm
Filed under: 4.5/5, binders, rating, text, things

This is the Extreme Chest Concealer FTM Chest Binder made by Underworks.

I opened the package with the serious fear that it wouldn’t do anything more for me than a sports bra does, or that it wouldn’t fit, and I’d end up in tears out of the perpetual disappointment and frustration I face with my breasts. It was a struggle getting it on—this thing is tight—but when I finally did…wow.

For the record, I wear a 30E/F bra normally. You can tell that I have a very small ribcage, and very large breasts. But this thing compresses them almost flat. To be fair, in the last few years, I have gained and lost a bunch of weight in them, so there’s a decent amount of…loose room in mine, shall we say. But with the right posture, it almost looks like nothing more than pectoral muscles.

I immediately look so much more masculine wearing it than I ever could otherwise. The compression panel is just across the chest and come down to about the bottom of my ribcage (I’m about 5’4”). The rest is just normal undershirt fabric, basically.  Underneath a t-shirt I actually think it looks a little less masculine—but then, that might improve once I buy men’s jeans. Under my sweatshirt, it’s basically invisible.

And I can really breathe wearing this thing. I wouldn’t exactly want to run any marathons, but it’s not hard to breathe at all. I’m just stunned.

The only problem I really have with it is that there is definite puckering right in the center front and around the arm holes, as you can see in a couple of the pictures. This is kind of visible under a t-shirt. I will have to try layering it with another undershirt just to see if that helps.

But all in all—this thing is a fucking home-run for someone with a larger chest. Well worth the price. I feel really good right now.

On the caveats that a) this is the only binder I’ve ever owned, so I can’t say comparatively, and b) I have yet to wear it all day, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. I mean it is seriously ridiculous comfortable while being ridiculously compressing. I just don’t like the puckering (which now I’ve noticed also happens at the back of the neck if I’m not standing up straight). I’ll probably make another post evaluating it once it’s gotten some use.


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Realistic Cock
October 5, 2010, 5:48 pm
Filed under: 5/5, hard packers, rating, text, things | Tags: , , , ,

I purchased a new hard packer last week from PinkCherry.com . I got the Realistic Cock in caramel; I was kinda skeptical about the color matching my own skin tone, but to my surprise it looks quite natural next to my thighs. I recommend any brothers of color who are in need of a more realistic hard packer to check out their selection. It comes in chocolate (for darker skinned folks) and caramel (for medium to light skinned folks). Besides looks, it feels natural too and its completely harness compatible—with or without the suction cup.

I couldn’t be more satisfied, it’s great to look down and see a dick that looks like it belongs to me. I’m a lot more confident in just whipping it out or not immediately switching back to soft packing after sex.

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When asked, he gave the packer a 5/5 rating.



Mango STP Packer (small)
September 24, 2010, 10:53 pm
Filed under: 4.5/5, rating, stp packer, text, things | Tags: , ,

The Mango STP Packer was the first packer that I ever purchased. I loved it then and I still love it now. I highly recommend it! It has a few minor drawbacks, but nothing that can’t be dealt with. The pros certainly outweigh the cons. So, here’s a breakdown:

Pros:

– You can use it to pee in the restroom, even at urinals if you can wing the physics of that (I still struggle there)

– When I ordered it, it came in a few different colors though I don’t know if Mango still carries all those colors

– It’s the perfect size, the balls are also a great size, and the shaft is about the size of the average cis-male penis when it’s flaccid.

– It gives a really nice bulge under boxers or briefs

– It’s really comfortable to wear and easy on the thighs (chaffing can be a problem with some packers during hotter weather)

Cons:

– Price; it’s a bit on the high end. I wish it were a bit cheaper

– The shaft sometimes pokes out if you’re wearing loose boxers. Or it sometimes shifts out of place so that it’s sitting more in the leg of your jeans than in the actual boxer. But I’ve since learned that that’s something that cis guys deal with too. Dicks just like some room to move, I guess.

– The strap is really great and very sturdy but it kind of cuts into your skin. But I think this can be avoided if you sew it properly.

That’s pretty much it. I’d really recommend it. I think it’s great quality and really functional. Obviously, you can’t have sex with it. It’s not a dual packer. But for its uses, it’s good and worth the investment. Though I have been hearing that Mango is inconsistent about their shipping times, etc. So I’d be worried about that if nothing else.

All in all, 4.5/5



Mr. Right might be better suited as Mr. Right Now
September 24, 2010, 10:50 pm
Filed under: 2.5/5, packers, rating, text, things | Tags: ,

I purchased a Mr. Right packer from a website back in December and I was initially really excited about it but once I opened the packer, I realized that the balls on the packer were pretty large. For some people, this might be a plus and something that they desire in their packers and I was definitely ‘pumped’, no pun intended, about it at first. But after wearing the packer for quite some time, I realized that the balls actually make it really difficult to wear without giving the impression that I’m hard or at least halfway aroused. The balls definitely adds a lot to the bulge like look when it sits in your boxers or briefs, but it also creates some discomfort as I found that when I walked long distances with Mr. Right between my legs, I kind of took on a chicken-footed stance. It’s kind of hard to get the balls situated properly and/or comfortably. But one of the perks that I enjoyed about Mr. Right was that when I was in a romantic situation, it proved really effective and gave the right impression to the person that I was with. In other words, it generally feels pretty hard so I was able to give the effect of a hard-on. Also, I didn’t feel afraid to whip Mr. Right out from my boxers because the dick looks really accurately like a dick. Granted, the color isn’t spot on, but it’s difficult to get a spot-on tone with most of the packers that are on the market. But the head is sculpted nicely, the shaft has some light veins contoured into it (in the same color as the packer itself), and the balls even have some ridging (where the skin would be folding naturally). The packer has a nice feel and a good aesthetic, but for day-to-day wear it’s a bit difficult and a soft-pack from Mango or Babeland might be more comfortable for me (though this might not be the case for other people). But since I caught Mr. Right at a discounted price, I can’t complain too much. I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, but I wouldn’t convince someone not to get it either. So all in all, I’d say it gets a middle of the road rating from me: 2.5/5.



Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (review on testosterone)
September 24, 2010, 10:44 pm
Filed under: 4/5, los angeles, places, rating, text | Tags: , , , ,

The LA Gay and Lesbian Center is where I’m getting my T. They do others things as well though.

Pros:

  • Set up appointments via email
  • File paperwork via fax/scanning
  • You don’t have to be from the area to get testosterone
  • The experience as a whole was extremely trans-friendly with the exception of the phlebotomist. The file they have is under my preferred name despite me not legally changing it yet.
  • They accept PPO insurance and have a sliding scale if you don’t have insurance or if they don’t accept yours.

Cons:

  • Literally, they have one doctor that administers the T, and she lives in San Francisco.
  • I had to wait 6 months for my first appointment
  • It seems a bit unorganized. I was told not to eat for a while before my appointment, and the secretary said they stopped telling patients that since some had passed out in the passed. This is indeed a way to scare a patient during his first appointment.
  • It’s still pretty expensive with the sliding scale. $165 for the first visit and $100 for the second (the second appointment, by the way, comes much sooner than the first).

Overall, I give it a 4/5. The trans-affirming environment outweighs the cons, especially if you have never experienced it before.

Note: You do NOT need a letter from a therapist for this location.



Underworks’ Double Front Compression 997
September 24, 2010, 10:36 pm
Filed under: 4/5, binders, rating, text, things | Tags: , , ,

When I wore a bra, I was a 36 C, and the 997 does the trick of tucking those C’s away. It was certainly difficult to get on for the first time. After I got used to it, it became relatively comfortable to wear. It rolls up at my hips and sometimes causes bruising, and if I wear for an entire day, it causes my lower back to hurt a bit due to it making me slouch. For comfort, I give it a 3/5. For effectiveness, I give it a 4/5. It was given to me as a gift, so the price of the product didn’t effect me at all. However, it was given to me since I couldn’t afford it. While Underworks is on the cheaper side when it comes to the market, it’s still pretty expensive.

Overall, I needed a binder to give me a male-contoured chest until I can afford surgery, and this binder does it. So, all in all, I rate it a 4/5.



Long Beach Pride Review at the New Gay

This post was submitted by Jess Five

I made my first pilgrimage to Long Beach Pride this year.  I almost felt alienated by the entire event.  I don’t fit the standard gay or lesbian mold.  I am a genderqueer punk and there was no “genderqueer punk” stage.  However, there was a transgender stage which made the whole event worthwhile.  It was a breath of fresh air amongst the Stepford Gays.

I’ve been to Pride in San Francisco and Pride in New York City, but neither of those prepared me for the assimilating fest known as Long Beach Pride.  The main focus of most of the outreach booths was to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military rule, as well as fighting for our right for marital bliss.  I wanted some beads to look more festive, so I filled out a postcard to President Obama demanding equality and a survey about domestic partnership abuse.

After gathering some beads, I decided to find some food.  Being a vegan, it wasn’t such an easy task amongst the (pun intended) sausage fest.  From what I could see of the food available, my best bet was to get a bean and rice burrito.  I did and I devoured it.  I also got some “ribbon fries,” which were french fries cut to look like ribbons.  They were fantastic.

During lunch, I ended up sitting with random people.  Some of who were friendly and talkative.  One person gave me their guide so I could fulfill my next objective: locate “Transgender Land.”

It took a few minutes, but I finally found “Transgender Land” on the map, better known as Trans Awareness.  I finished up my fries and set out to find the space.

It didn’t take long to find the area; it was located right next to the Family Fun Zone.  However, if you weren’t looking for Transgender Awareness, you might miss it.

It was a couple of tables.  The boys from Original Plumbing [available at Skylight Books in Silverlake] were there and so were my buddies from Amp.  Apart from those two groups tabling, there was nothing else.  There was a huge section for assimilation land but the Transgender area was sadly lacking.  I was happy it was there though.  It was better than nothing but, with how little was, it might as well been nothing.   I would really like to more of a trans presence next year at Pride.

So, I hung out in Trans Land for a little bit, than I left Pride for a few hours because nothing was really going on during the day.  I returned later in the evening just in time for dinner.

When I returned to Pride, I discovered there were more food options.  There was even a Vegan Jamaican food hut.  I ended up getting falafel for dinner, which was really tasty.  After dinner, I wanted to find something to do and thus began my two hours of wandering looking for some place I belonged.

There was something for everyone, if you were into mainstream entertainment.  There was a place for ravers, a place for divas, a place for 90’s rockers, and even a place for Country dancing.  There was a wide assortment of entertainment but none of it held a speck of interest for me.  After walking around and checking out each place and feeling more and more alienated by mainstream gay culture, I found myself back at the Trans Awareness tents.  All the tabling was closed for the evening, but I remembered hearing something about there being a Trans stage.  So, I decided to try to find it, which I did.

The Trans stage was nothing like the other stages that were bumping and grinding. In contrast, it was very intimate, with maybe at most 20 people watching.  It felt like home in a sea of filth.  It was warm, inviting, accepting, and provided a place to chill.  The whole thing was put together in under three months.  The volunteers were collecting signatures of people who were there to try to get funding for next year.  It was around 8pm on Saturday when I found the Trans stage, and it wasn’t until security kicked us out that the party ended.  It was awesome.   Trans stage, you made my Pride.

I saw JFP and CNOTE perform.  They are a rapper and violinist duo.  I am not a big fan of hip hop, but they were pretty amazing. The CNOTE violinist solo was beautiful.  JFP rhymes were pretty fly.

I also saw Alex Davis perform an acoustic set.  His song “Frosty” resonated with me.  It was about having a crush on someone who isn’t too interested in you, but that maybe it works out for the best in the long run.

After Davis, the San Diego Kings plus Randy Shaft performed.  They were really good.  My experience with drag kings has been seeing someone in drag lip singing, but their performances were actually performances instead of the usual, “Look at me singing in drag.”  There was a hilarious number about being on a boat with the kings dressed in sailor garb.  It was the type of thing you had to be there to appreciate.  Randy Shaft heated up the stage with him trying to seduce a femme.  Then there was a rap number, with a dance party going off of stage.  What happened next was almost a blur.  The music was cut.  The party was over.  Security was kicking us out.

The next day, I headed over to Pride just in time for lunch.  I didn’t go to the parade out of protest, as I have issues with corporations pretending to be gay for the day for money.  Shortly after I entered the event, I ran into a couple of girls who were genderfucking with mustaches on.  They seemed awesome, being bold enough to show their Pride in an unorthodox matter.  We talked and quickly bonded.  They adopted me as one of their group since I was flying solo.  After a quick booze run being led by the straightedge vegan – I went to the vegan Jamaican food hut for lunch and had an awesome “Reggae Wrap.”  After which we wandered around Pride and people watched.  We went on a quest to locate their friends and before you knew it, it was time for me to jet.

My favorite part about Pride was the Trans stage.  Pride would have sadly been lacking without it.  Again, thank you Trans stage for existing, you made my Pride.

My biggest critique of Pride is that while there was a bunch to do, there was not a lot for alternative queers.  I mean, yeah, there was a leather expo, but what about the alternative queers not into leather?  Those anti-military service, anti-marriage, and anti-assimilation don’t really have a place at Pride.  However, the Trans area was a welcome freshness to the same old middle class agenda.

Personally, for next year, I would like to see more about homeless outreach and booths focusing on the underprivileged.  I personally think Universal Health care is more of a queer issue than marriage because if we all had health care we wouldn’t need marriage benefits.  Sometimes, I feel like the gay agenda is focusing on the branches instead of the root of the problems.

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