Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Transvestite Flap Gets Another Dressing Down

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Transvestite Flap Gets Another Dressing Down

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Dear Ann Landers: A year ago, I knew nothing about cross-dressing. Today, I know many cross-dressers and socialize with them regularly. You probably do, too, but you are not aware of it.

A cross-dresser can be your attorney, your physician, your child's kindergarten teacher or your druggist. They should not be labeled "peculiar." Actually, they are sensitive, courageous men who are not afraid to express the caring, nurturing side of themselves. And please set the record straight once and for all - they are not gay.

The gentleman whose therapist told him to give up cross-dressing needs to find another therapist. Cross-dressing fills a strong need in some males, and they should not be asked to hide a part of who they are. HAPPILY MARRIED TO ONE IN OHIO Thank you for a solid rebuttal. I received a ton of mail on this subject, and most who wrote agreed with you. Keep reading for more: From San Diego: Why all the hullabaloo about cross-dressing? Women have been cross-dressing for years, and no one gives it a second thought. Women wear jeans, flannel shirts, boots, sneakers and tuxedos. Some even go to men's stores and buy raincoats. So what's the big deal? Long Island, N.Y.: In Scotland, men have been wearing skirts for centuries. They are called kilts, and no one has ever suggested that the Scots are sissies. Tujunga, Calif.: Cross-dressing is not a crime, nor is it a communicable disease. Also, it does not mean the guy is gay. If a woman wears a pantsuit, would you call her a lesbian? Lansing, Mich.: People discuss cross-dressing as if it were nothing more than playing "dress up." It is a lot more than that. It's a sexually fulfilling experience. Those who deny it are not being honest. West Coast: My husband is the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. For the 15 years of our marriage, he has worn women's underwear. …

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