Do you love shopping as much as I do? Whether it’s a new lipstick or a cute pair of heels, it’s a lot of fun to splurge on your femme self, isn’t it?
Even with all the online shops, there’s nothing like hitting the mall to do some good old-fashioned shopping in person.
So where should you spend your hard-earned money?
In this article, I share the 5 best transgender and crossdresser friendly stores to shop at. These retailers support transgender causes and/or have gender inclusive policies – meaning they are truly worthy of your business.
Note: I focused on U.S. retailers since that’s where I’m based. Please share in the comments if you have any international shops to add!
SEPHORA is like a candy shop for girls and I could easily spend half my salary there. Besides the amazing assortment of beauty products, they also offer mini makeovers and beauty classes – including classes specifically for the transgender community. How great is it?
The classes are called Classes for Confidence: Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community. They consist of 90 minutes of one-on-one skin care and makeup training. Best of all, they’re FREE.
LUSH is the best smelling store at the mall with their amazingly-scented natural beauty products. Here’s another reason to love them: In early 2018, they ran a two week #TransRightsAreHumanRights campaign, featuring quotes from their transgender employees in all the windows of their North American stores.
They also distributed a guidebook called How to Be a Trans Ally in their shops and published related features on their site.
As you are probably well aware, Target has been at the center of controversy for its inclusive transgender bathroom policy. I’m pleased to see that they have not backed down and their inclusive policy is still proudly displayed on their website.
Aside from that, Target is a great place to shop for stylish, affordable fashion and beauty products – pretty much everything you could need for your feminine self.
Macy’s is another corporate giant that is out and proud with its inclusive policies, including gender friendly changing room policies. Macy’s is also a big supporter of LGBTQ Pride Month, as you can see on their website.
While Macy’s has closed a lot of stores recently, it’s still one of the best places to shop for cosmetics, lingerie, women’s clothing, and shoes. This is one department store chain I hope stays around for a long time.
Nike might seem like an unlikely store to have on this list, but I’ve included them for their very cool commercial featuring transgender vogue dancer Leiomy Maldonado. Check out the video below:
If you’re in the market for some cute workout leggings or a sports bra, Nike should definitely be the first place you look!
What are YOUR favorite places to shop at?
I love that these retailers support the transgender community on a corporate level, but they aren’t your only options. Helpful sales people and supportive shops can be found almost anywhere if you look. (And if somebody doesn’t treat you with respect, take your business elsewhere!)
What are YOUR favorite places to shop at? Do you have any great shopping experiences to share?
Please share in the comments below!