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Cross Dressing

The Cross-Dresser's Challenge for Acceptance

Terri Lee Ryan | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Terri Lee Ryan

The challenge for cross-dressers, who are dual-gendered, is to come out of the shadows and to start becoming comfortable with being out. The initial step toward acceptance is to accept themselves first.

Defending My Son Who Wears Skirts While Fighting Victim Blaming And Sexism

Lee Lee | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

My son isn't hurting anyone. For whatever reason, he is choosing to wear frills and frocks on occasion. Yet the assumption is that he will be teased for dressing "like a girl," and that action should be taken to prevent this from happening.

About Friends

Stanley Ely | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Stanley Ely

My gang in college was comprised of ten or so guys, all slightly left of conventional. We banded together by striving to be a bit disrespectful (though not so much as to fail classes).

Behind the Mask: My Life as a Transvestite

Elio Leturia | Posted 05.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Elio Leturia

The mask that hides me, a man dressed as a woman who plays a Chicana who believes she is a star, is like the many masks we wear in our daily lives. We wear them for various locations, times and situations: when we are reproaching our children, talking with colleagues, asking our boss for a raise or a favor to our next-door neighbor, making a comment on Facebook....

This 'Boy' I Met in Afghanistan Has a Secret

Paula Froelich | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Paula Froelich

When you travel, sometimes it's not so much about the place you travel to but the people you meet. And sometimes the people you meet can be a little... out there.

Is Jarrod Allen's Tinder Project Social Commentary Or Straight-Up Sexism?

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

As a woman -- and a feminist -- I find Allen's female reappropriations both provocative and, dare-I-say, hilarious. I realized he had actualized one of my own desires -- bastard! -- just from the male perspective.

Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

Playing in the Spaces

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

In Harvey Fierstein's Tony-nominated play, Casa Valentina, men embody women. Or rather they reveal themselves through women's clothing, mannerisms and identities.

Michelangelo Signorile

Harvey Fierstein: Heterosexual 'Doesn't Mean You're Normal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices

“The biggest thing I learned is that there’s no such thing as normal,” proclaimed Harvey Fierstein, talking about his new hit play “Casa Valen...

This 'Lawbreaker' Threw On A Dress And Got A Law Changed. See Just How He Did It.

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

Comedian Ben Kissel was determined to change an outdated law in the town of Haddon, New Jersey. So what did he do? He threw on a dress. Kissel'...

LOOK: The Secret Life Of 1950's Cross-Dressers Revealed

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Casa Susana is a compelling book that documents the weekend gathering place of a group of cross-dressers sometime between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s....

Gchat: 'The Birth of a Drag Queen'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

This is my edited Gchat with Stephen (Stevo) Arnoczy aka "Liz Beta". Emma Tattenbaum-Fine my cat is trying to jump up so if you see nonsense on th...

WATCH: Straight Couples Open Up About Why They Cross Dress

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

HuffPost Live sat down this week with several individuals who identify as straight and actively engage in cross-dressing for a variety of reasons. ...

If We Can't Own the Right Labels, We Can't Expect the Wider Society to Get It Right

Eden Walker | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

I'm a construct, a creation of a surgeon forcing me away from my birth and designing me so you can feel more comfortable. Your normality and complicity in a bi-sexed system led me to a life of pain and discomfort. I am a curiosity in a world of "normals."

WATCH: How This Straight Man's Wife Reacts When He Cross-Dresses

Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices

William, a straight male cross-dresser, spoke at length about how his wife of four years feels when he dresses up as a woman in a candid interview wit...

Lemme In!

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.07.2013 | College

For many colleges and universities, the rush for sororities and fraternities has just ended, and people everywhere are joining in brother and sisterho...

A Boy and His Tutu: One Lesbian Mom's Perspective

CT Working Moms | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Here we are, lesbian moms, worried about our boy (WHO IS ONLY 3!) loving dress up. For the record, he is just as content putting on his Hulk hands, Superman cape, policeman shirt and fireman outfit. So, why the immediate "oh no" response from the moms?

Who, Then, Really Is Trans?

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The main issue for the traditional trans community is that by being public and claiming membership as trans, persons such as B. Scott, or the recent detransitioners who made the news, muddy the public perception and make political action more difficult.

Why We Made a Video About a Boy in a Dress

Naseem Khuri | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Naseem Khuri

It's hard as hell -- for him wanting to fit in, for his parents (and me) wanting to protect him -- but conforming to the ignorant expectations of others sets a scary precedent at such an early age.

Standing Up For The 'T' Girls

Daniel Browne | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Browne

I associate with a diverse range of people, and the female-assigned people I know who dress or live as men have a much easier time than the male-assigned people I know who dress or live as women. The former is more socially acceptable, and that disappoints me.

The Curious History of Women Who 'Passed' As Men In Pursuit of a Dream

Marlo Thomas | Posted 07.03.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

Before Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot -- throughout history and in almost every culture -- disguising one's gender has been a common plotline in folklore, literature and theater. Cross-dressing gods and goddesses frequently populated Greek, Norse and Hindu mythology; and Shakespeare's plotlines often featured women characters posing as men

Cultural-Catch-Up II: Bibi Ferreira, Kinky Boots

Jill Lynne | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Jill Lynne

Being a cinema-buff, it is rare for me to think that a theatrical event surpasses the film -- especially a good one.

How To Spot A Sodomite

Mark Simpson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Simpson

"I do not in my practice ever remember to have seen such an appearance of the anus as those of the prisoners presented." So testified Dr. Paul in shocked tones at the 1870 trial of Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton, two young, cross-dressing clerks charged with sodomy.

The World's First Cross-Dressing Superhero

hyperallergic.com | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts

I received an email this week about an unknown artist Arthur Ashod Pinajian (aka Art Pinajian), who, the email described, was: "a boy growing up i...

LOOK: You'll Never Guess Which Famous Writer This Is

Posted 01.02.2013 | Gay Voices

A vintage photo of F. Scott Fitzgerald in full drag is making the blogosphere rounds. Buzzfeed reports that the photo was snapped in 1916 when the...