Fun Fast Facts:

Updated: 11 Aug 2015

  • Cross-dressing is the act of wearing items of clothing and other accoutrements commonly associated with the opposite gender.
  • Some people automatically connect cross-dressing behaviour to transgender identity or sexual, fetishist and homosexual behaviour, but the term itself does not imply any motives.
  • Cross-dressing has been practised throughout much of recorded history and in many societies. There are many examples in Greek, Norse and Hindu mythology.
  • Historically, some women have cross-dressed to take up male-dominated or male-exclusive professions, such as military service. Conversely, some men have cross-dressed to escape from mandatory military service or as a disguise to assist in political or social protest.
  • The term underdressing is used by male cross-dressers to describe wearing female undergarments under their male clothes.

Broadcast: 11 Aug 2015

Cross-dressing in the UK… a ‘coming out’ of a different kind

W3JOY interviewed: Catie Maye, crossdresser and author of the book ‘Men Can Wear Dresses Too’

Listen to the podcast to discover:

  • Catie’s first experience of crossdressing
  • misunderstandings of crossdressing
  • the role of labels and the desire to fit in – or not
  • coming out as a crossdresser to family, friends and one’s partner
  • stigma from the LGBTIQ and the wider community

Listen to the podcast