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Social Transition

Social transition is the process by which transgender people publicly affirm their gender identity after coming out to people. This commonly involves changing one's name and pronouns, as well as dress and other external gender cues such as voice and mannerisms. (This may occasionally be exaggerated or fall prey to stereotypes, not so much due to the belief that that's how men or women behave, but rather because it allows one to make one's gender identity clear to others in the absence of medical transition.)

Some transgender people choose to socially transition shortly after they come out to people. Others who plan on medically transitioning may sometimes choose to wait until they look more masculine or feminine. This can ease the process, especially when meeting new people who may just automatically read you as that gender, saving the trouble of coming out to them.

Voice Training

Transgender women can train how to use their voice in order to speak in pitches and tones consistent with a female vocal blueprint. There are some vocal training apps and a small local community has volunteered their time to get others started on preliminary voice work. Please email us at contact(at)transgendersg.com to get in touch.

A local voice clinic also offers voice therapy for trans women, with experience in working with past clients:
A Million Things To Say
210 New Upper Changi Road, #03-729, Singapore 460210
Contact: (65) 92985421 or email amillionthingstosay(at)gmail.com

Public Restrooms

At some point in your transition you may have to switch restrooms in public; this is almost certainly the case if you go on hormone therapy. Singapore presently does not have any specific laws about sex-specific usage of public restrooms, but you will likely still have to deal with other people's reactions, and your safety could be at stake.

If you are most often read as of ambiguous sex (especially during the early stages of HRT), your best option is usually to find unisex or handicapped stalls where possible. This is the safest option and least likely to lead to trouble. Unfortunately, some public buildings in Singapore have handicapped stalls inside the two gendered restrooms.

Many trans people who plan to pursue medical transition will wait until the point where they're visibly standing out before switching to the other. This is rarely a clean process where you go from being completely read as female one day to completely read as male the other day (or vice versa), so you'll have to take your cue from how most people read your gender. A good way to test this is to see how the hawker stall uncles and aunties address you.

If you are at a point in transition where either gendered bathroom could be dangerous for you and there are no unisex options available, here are several tips that could help:

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