I do really understand why historicaly some older transsexual women felt very insulted when grouped in with crossdressers and interestingly the feeling seemed to be mutual. For example, in Virginia Prince’s early writing there was a clear message of disassociation between what she saw as two distinct groups. More than a little ironically of course, Prince went on to transition and live the rest of her life as a female.

When I was doing my early exploration into what it meant to be me, I came across people who clearly fit the traditional crossdresser archetype. It would be the married man who would occasionally get dressed up and maybe have a night out in a club with like-minded people or indulge in a yearly makeover and photoshoot and be happy with that. But then l also met other people who were clearly wading well into the transsexual side of the spectrum and I could better relate to.

As the world has become more open and accepting a lot of that animosity has dissipated because trans kids have better starts in life as do gender non-conforming individuals who indulge in harmless cross gender activity as exploration of another side of themselves. Both are being authentic, but are, for the most part, not the same animal. It's in the middle of the spectrum where things can sometimes get blurry.

I am sometimes surprised at how many cisgender people still cannot tell the difference between drag queens, gender variant and trans people. Sometimes much to my chagrin until I realize I have so many years of personal study and interest in the field.


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