Former term, now considered offensive by many, for people who usually self-identify with their biological sex and gender but who sometimes wear the clothing, jewelry, etc., of the opposite gender to fulfill emotional needs; the preferred term is crossdresser
A person who obtains sexual gratification from the personal style and appearance of the opposite gender and is usually homosexual (but not always). The male transvestite population are more visible and are sometimes called "drag queens", and form a flamboyant sub-culture who are forced to make a living as performers in specific clubs because they are not accepted in mainstream society. Many transvestite men may even opt for breast implants, intake of female hormones to prevent the growth or body hair, but may be comfortable with their biological sexual organs, and may not desire a sex change operation. A number of films and books have celebrated this identity.
From Latin, literally translates as "crossdresser;" a clinical term which some feel has a pejorative connotation. Refers to those who get erotic (fetishistic) or emotional pleasure from occasionally wearing clothes of the opposite sex and feel compelled to do so. Most are male, heterosexual, and many are married. A recently coined term, bigendered, is an alternate term for transvestite which more accurately describes men who are comfortable with their assigned gender role most of the time, but occasionally feel a need to express their feminine side.
anyone who regularly dresses in clothing associated with the opposite gender or sex. Some people cross-dress for pleasure (it is a variety of fetish); others have other reasons. A Trans person is often considered a transvestite by mainstream culture, while s/he hirself may find hir clothing perfectly suitable for one with hir self-image.
one who adopts the dress - and sometimes behaviour - typical of the "opposite" gender, generally for purposes of emotional or sexual satisfaction. Transvestism can be classified as a "fetish" for some people, but for others it may be a type of sex or gender identification and may signify transgerderism or transsexualism, rather than being primarily an erotic phenomenon. This is not to be confused with Drag, which is a cross-dressing parody performance popular in the queer community. There are various types of Drag; the most sophisticated and political variety is associated with Queer Theory.
A person who receives sexual gratification and often a relief from anxiety by dressing in the clothing of the opposite sex. Unlike a transsexual, this person usually does not wish to live as a member of the opposite sex or change their gender. The term is usually applied to heterosexual men.
(abbreviation: TV) A transvestite person, also known as a cross-dresser, is someone who presents, some of the time, through their clothing or other changes to their external appearance, as the other gender to their legal gender.
Often a person who may achieve sexual pleasure through the use of clothing or personal adornments of the other gender. Often incorrectly used inter-changeably with 'Crossdresser.' There is no correlation between sexual orientation and transvestite behavior. Transvestites may identify as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual in their sexual orientation.
one who occasionally dresses in the clothing of the opposite sex for sexual or emotional pleasure, or both. Can be male or female, hetero- or homosexual, bi- or solosexual, and may partially or wholly crossdress. Some have felt the word is a negative medical term; crossdresser and crossdressing are more commonly used today. Transvestism, tranny.