A transvestite is an individual who wears clothing of the opposite sex in order to become sexually aroused. (Seligman, Martin E P., PhD. What You Can Change…and What You Can’t. p 148-173. NY: Fawcett Books, 1993.)

Crossdressers come from all walk of life, and all ages, and races. They may be heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual. Many female transgender individuals and transmen, tend to clearly separate themselves into two groups. Many are in a relationship with women and so identify themselves as lesbians, until transition. (Boyd, Helen. Love, Sex, and Life as a Crossdresser. p xiii-xiv, 29-30. CA: Seal Press. 2003.)

Transvestites should not be confused with transgenders or transsexuals. Transvestites generally have less desire to permanently change their sex, but simply enjoy being able to cross-dress from time to time. (Source)

According to Michael A. Gilbert, professor at the Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto, a cross-dresser is a person who has an apparent gender identification with one sex, and who has and certainly has been birth-designated as belonging to one sex, but who wears the clothing of the opposite sex because it is the clothing of the opposite sex. (Gilbert, Michael ‘Miqqi Alicia.’ The Transgendered Philosopher; in Special Issue on What is Transgender? from The International Journal of Transgenderism, Special Issue July 2000.)

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