As a man who enjoys crossdressing on a regular basis, I can easily say I made the same mistake that most other men do. Not telling our SOs. We grow up knowing that we like women’s clothing. Everyone likes different aspects of it and everyone has different reasons as to why. But we also grew up in an era where this was highly unacceptable and kids got picked on for it, even if looking feminine was unintentional, such as wearing tight pants because we could not afford new ones or a “girly” color as part of our outfit. The crossdressers of my age saw that, or were a victim of it, and made sure they kept that aspect of their life hidden. Even with people I love very much, I could not be open. I didn’t tell my mom, my friends; I did not tell my SO, who I ended up marrying and with whom I shared many other secrets. By that time, I was “built” to keep my crossdressing hidden. Many times I’d try to put it away and think “it’s just a phase.” But the reality is it’s not a phase; it’s a permanent part of my life. It’s something I enjoy doing. I can’t pinpoint why I like it, but the point is, it’s there.

But this is why I hid it. It’s not that I didn’t trust my SO, even though that is what it seems like. Society brought us up that way in the 20th century. Nowadays, in my kids’ era, crossdressing is pretty acceptable among the right group of people. Finding resources is easier due to the internet, and people are not as closeted as they once were. More people find it acceptable as society, today in the 21st century, mostly allows people to be who they want to be. I see guys wearing sports bras at the amusement park, and guys with beards wearing makeup as a style, which I myself have tried and like. Tight clothing has become a thing of the past as being a women’s style only. I was recently able to buy a pair of stretchy tight pants at the store, in the men’s section. Sometimes I wish I had been born about 20 years later because these things are more acceptable now. It would have been a lot easier to communicate it to my SO, but then if I was born 20 years later I would not have met the woman I am so dearly in love with and will hopefully live the rest of my life. She makes me happy and I cannot see a future without her.

Eventually, my SO became aware of my crossdressing and out of respect for her, I now have my own clothing and my own makeup. I do not dress in front of her, as she is not yet ready to see me. A couple years into it, and she is still processing. I felt it was very important to let her know that betrayal of trust is the last thing I wanted. I have no intention of leaving. Just because I like dressing as a woman does not mean I like men. I am very much attracted to women. I enjoy being a guy, and taking on the role of the protector and the strong father, even though I might be wearing a pair of panties underneath it all or dressed in full role reversal in the bedroom.

And on a late night walk, I pity the fool who thinks he is going to harass a couple ladies walking together.

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    I have enjoyed cross dressing since I was about 7 years old. I like a little of both worlds. I enjoy makeup, both with and without a beard, I enjoy wearing a thong every day. I keep my body hair short or shaved and my nails longer. I have feminine characteristics like wearing makeup weather I am cross dressing or not. I like red lipstick but most of the time I wear a nude color lipstick throughout the day. I wear concealer on occasion and a little eyeliner. I like traditionally women's type clothing like wearing a T back tank top and yoga style pants. I like the feel of a bra and I enjoy spaghetti strap tops. Even thought I like these feminine items, I like being a man as well. I like having muscles and being strong. I like to get dirty under the hood of a car and go camping. And sometimes, I like mixing both such as I mentioned above. Having a beard with red lipstick on is sexy. Most of the winter, I have a full beard and I still wear concealer.

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    April May
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    April May
    3 years ago

    Hello I am 47 year old heterosexual closet crossdresser since an early age. I really don’t have any desire to crossdress in public being that I am only really fond of the undergarments, silky slips stockings and panties etc. and spend the vast majority of my femme time mastrubating in secret. Until I was caught and video taped 2 days ago without my permission or knowledge by my new roommates. I actually fled from my home in fear of my life and haven’t returned because I don’t know what to do say or expect. There are lots more details to… Read more »

    Stephanie
    Lady
    Member
    1 year ago
    Reply to  April May

    Don’t live in fear anymore. Be yourself, whether male or female. Find a support group and join it. I know, everything I just said is scary for you right now. But I’ve been dressing since I was 5 years old and never had any problems with my peers. That accepted me and didn’t make fun of me at all. In fact, my future wife lived next door to us and accepted me the way I was. She thought I was a girl. Well, I’ve rattled on too much. Just BE YOURSELF!

    Jennifer Friendly
    Lady
    Active Member
    10 months ago
    Reply to  April May

    Wow, one of the, or possibly the, greatest fear in a closet cross dressers life. Busted. I still remember, so many decades later, the time I was busted. My wife came home from a business trip a day early and there was my stuff, laying on the bed, because I hadn’t bothered to stash it away the night before. And there it was, and there she was, when I came home from work that day. Shock, shame, humiliation, fear, it’s amazing how they can all come together in one split second. I was fortunate, our love and relationship was strong… Read more »

    Ashley Love
    Lady
    Member
    3 years ago

    I am 39 yo hetroCD. Recently I came out to my fiance who I’ve been with for almost 2 years. At first she needed time (and still does to some extent) but know she is starting to tell when Ashley is out and about in the house. She is supportive and has even opened up her closet to me (as long as I don’t stink lol). She loves the man I am and what are relationship is but has looked on Ashley with love, caring, and compassionate eyes. So to all the ladies out there who are worried/scared of coming… Read more »

    LisaT
    3 years ago

    This is a wonderful thread. I came out to my wife 10 days ago. She is being wonderful but there are things I recognise here. It’s the processing time and her worries about femininity. She is wanting to keep her man which is so understandable.

    Dani Grand
    Lady
    Active Member
    2 years ago
    Reply to  LisaT

    Agreed! This is where I remind my girl that it is her turn to be teacher.

    Dani Grand
    Lady
    Active Member
    2 years ago

    Well written and heartfelt, missy!
    I can identify down right down to the last period.
    My wife was like yours…and still is. She will see me dressed to head off to a board meeting or some other group event that has me playing the lady. We have even been out together as girls a couple of times…
    Like a good winter stew, the evolution from one gender to the other – takes the right ingredients and time in a slow cooker.

    Trisha Rave
    Lady
    Active Member
    2 years ago

    Hello, and I feel the same way as I age somethings on the inside who wants to fit in, I like to be the real that Gal. xxxx

    Joanne Watters
    Lady
    2 years ago

    I can, as I am sure many of us can, relate to this story. After my first wife divorced me because of my cross dressing, I told every woman I dated about how I liked to dress up as a woman, within the first two weeks of us dating. A lot of women would say, it was not a problem but a month later they were gone. Even now, my wife has known about my hobby from the first week of us dating but over time, she now wants nothing to do with it, she has even begun calling me… Read more »

    Julie (Jules) Anderson
    Duchess
    Trusted Member

    Thank you for the fine thoughtful article, Cindy! While I am “out” to my wife, adult children, neighbors, and a handful of close friends, and go out often in public settings, I am not completely out. Why is that? First, there are family members who because of religious and other reasons would probably not accept me. That’s ok with me. It’s rather because it would upset THEM that I don’t tell. And there are enough upset people in this world as it is…lol Secondly, I have many friends, professional and others who only know my male side. While I’m sure… Read more »

    Ichiro Kobayashi
    Lady
    5 months ago

    hello, interesting article and thank you for sharing. I’m also heterosexual semi closet cross under-dresser  

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