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transvestite

a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex
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transvestite

a person who derives social, cultural and political affirmation and/or sexual pleasure from assuming the dress and demeanour of the opposite gender. Cross-dressing has a long history and is an important part of ritual performance in both sacred and profane social contexts. It has been an important feature of both western and eastern theatre and continues to be a key aspect of contemporary popular culture, e.g. in pantomime (Britain) and girls’ opera (Japan). Periodically, popular music has been associated with cross-dressing and/or androgyny as a fashionable style. In the tradition of western medicine and psychotherapy, transvestites are deemed to be suffering from an underlying pathology or problem which should be treated and corrected. In contrast, the transvestite community regards transvestism as a sociopolitical identity and lifestyle. Although often conflated with gay and lesbian cultures, cross-dressing is neither restricted to these cultures nor a defining feature of them (M. Garber, Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety, 1992). Compare TRANSSEXUAL.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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Sehat Insaf Cards Director, Dr Riaz Tanoli, said that no such medical facilities are available to the transvestites in other provinces.TransAction Pakistan, an initiative of Blue Veins, lauded the KP government decision of making the eunuchs a part of the SehatInsaf Cards.
PESHAWAR -- Condemning an illegal detention and sexual harassment of of transvestites by the Station House Officer (SHO) Nowshera on 14th July in the current year, the TransAction Alliance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TAA-KP) demanded of the provincial government to take stern action the concerned SHO for cruelty with eunuchs.
And all the iconic numbers - Damn-it, Janet, Creature of the Night, Sweet Transvestite - were delivered with great gusto.
Heading off on the long march down my eight-year-old son was soon asking: "What's a transvestite?".
This qualitative study explored 31 female and transvestite sex workers' perceptions of risk in Belgrade and Pancevo in Serbia.
Transvestite narratives in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hispanic authors; using the voice of the opposite gender.
MICHAEL 'SHIFTY' GERAN rode his rivals to sleep on Transvestite in the apprentice handicap on Kempton's 'Bollywood' night, dictating a steady pace on the five-year-old until quickening it up rounding the home turn and giving them all the slip.
stage show, are stunned at how many straight men lap up the antics of Dafydd, 'the only gay in the village"; Sebastian, the amorous assistant to the prime minister; and Emily Howard, an unconvincing transvestite who insists she's "a lady."
"Beyond Leisure Studies: A Labour History of Male to Female Transsexual and Transvestite Artists in Montreal, 1955-1985." Atlantis, Special Section on Transphobia and Transactivism, vol.
"Being a transvestite does have its downsides - but most people treat me very well.