Good day. For a while now I have been wondering, what is the difference between a transvestite, a transexual, and a trasgender? Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

Hi there, Lour!

Pardon the delay on this. This is one of those question-emails that fell through the cracks; it wasn't until the warning that I even knew it was here!

First off, 'transvestite' is the term for a person who dresses as the opposite gender. This can be for any number of reasons: transsexuality, sexual reasons, fun and spectacle, et cetera. This term tends to be replaced with 'cross-dresser' nowadays to avoid the negative connotations that the term brings up.

The terms 'transsexual' and 'transgender', on a technical level, are interchangeable for many people: this is involving the state of mind. The person's gender does not match the one their mind says it should, in the plainest of terms. 'Transsexual' is the (outdated) medical diagnosis for the happenings, while 'transgender' is the term more often used nowadays among much of the community, to help separate the sexuality from the actual *gender*.

Hopefully this will help with your understanding of the situation! If you need further explanation, questions, comments, feedback, and follow-ups are always welcome!



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I am able to answer questions about transexual and transgender issues of many kinds, but in particular those tilted toward the FTM (Female-To-Male) transgender. I can offer tips for dressing, passing, binding, packing, behavior, and the like for both drag and full lifestyle/gender transition. I may also be able to offer some help with finding local peer groups, should you be interested in peer counseling. Sexuality issues, MTF (male-to-female), and other gender issues can also be touched on and I may be able to help, and for those who may be concerned, I am kink-friendly, and while I recognize that transgender and cross-dressing are two different things, am well aware of how they can intersect.

I am not a professional (I repeat: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL!) but I can also offer some general peer counseling suggestions and help with finding groups for all branches of gender identification and sexuality. If you are in need of finding a professional, I may be able to find a name in your area to help.


I am personally FTM transgender, living full-time and accepting of my gender identity. I am nonsurgical, and have no desire to have them done (so am unable to offer personal experience these) though I have been on testosterone as of January 2012. I am well-accepted, well-supported, and have been a support for many individuals through the years.

I have been part of a number of groups, though moving has kept discussions to long distance since then. I am well-studied for a great many years in this area, having begun reading up on it when I first identified and having kept up on it since then. I have no medical credentials in the area of gender counseling but have been part of multiple peer counseling groups and to this day help educate where I can, having not only helped with offering information on the subject to fellow transgender individuals but educated professionals along the way through my personal experience.

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The Transgender Project (!trey-mcgowan) Not writings, but videos. Part of a half-hour episode which will be airing on iChannel and OutTV.

I have completed grade school, some high school, and my GED.

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