I am having a hard time finding people, male or female, that accept my enjoyment of wearing female attire. My roommate is gay and does not accept it, nor have any of my past gay friends. Yes, I would like to explore gay sex but the guys I have met have been too aggressive sexually. I know that I am border line on everything but you must have come across boys like me that want more and can’t find the right folks to learn, explore, and grow with. I am open to all and any advice
Although we don’t need approval to be… anything or anyone we are, acceptance is pretty necessary. Or, at the very least, we would like to not be shunned or judged based on who we are. Even though it is almost impossible to predict how someone will respond when we come out to them, typically (and this is being VERY generalizing) the reaction falls into one of there three scenarios:
-Thank you for being honest with me! I encourage you to be true to yourself and dress how you want
-I may not understand this part of you, but it doesn’t change how I feel or think about you
-This side of you is weird and confusing and feels wrong and strange to me. My opinion of you has changed significantly
Again, these are very broad and certainly don’t cover every possible outcome, but I think for the purpose of this question these sum it up rather succinctly.
Part of accepting ourselves as a crossdresser also comes with the understanding that this side of us, this preference and enjoyment of wearing lingerie or heels or countless other beautiful things, can’t REALLY be explained or understood. And trying to understand it is really unnecessary and impossible. It can’t be expressed in a satisfactory way. If we try to, the person we come out to usually just responds with wanting to know more. Sometimes there ISN’T more to be said.
I like to wear dresses.
They’re comfortable and make me feel good
Pretty soon we get to the point where there’s nothing more that can really be said. The WHYs, for the most part, are really asking “but you’re a BOY, how can you resolve that you are a boy that wears girl clothes?”. I don’t know, I just wear what I want. Again, a highly unsatisfactory and not very helpful response. Lady Gaga nailed it, we are just born this way.
Of course, I don’t need to explain this to a t-girl or a crossdresser, or anyone non-binary. What I’m trying to do is explain how someone who is cis gender may process this side of us.
Anyway! Back to your question. Yes, it is hard to find others that will accept this side of you. Most people have the need to understand… ANYTHING before they can accept it. And, like I said earlier, this side of us can’t REALLY be understood. I’ve been wearing “girl clothes” for decades and I’ll continue to do so and I will never understand WHY (beyond me just… WANTING to). I’ve come out to three romantic partners in my life. One hated it, one loved that I was open and honest with her as well as with myself, and of course, the third married me. I’ve come out to a few friends and my siblings and each reaction has been varied and has fallen anywhere between “that’s awesome!” and “please never discuss this with me ever again”. It stings but it is what it is. You can’t MAKE someone accept who you are. At the most, you can just hope they come around.
Although you would (logically) assume that someone in the LGBTQ+ community would accept someone else who is also LGBTQ+, it’s not always so, and truthfully, it’s not really an equivalent. Gender identity and sexual identity are pretty separate as far as I feel. Wearing stilettos and makeup doesn’t change who I am attracted to. My brother is gay and, like my cis gender sisters, doesn’t really get why I have a closet full of dresses, but they still love and accept who I am. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they want to get a coffee with Hannah, but they know who I am.
As for being curious about sex with men (or with anyone else), I am afraid I can’t be much help when it comes to that.
It’s natural and normal for a crossdresser to want to share this side of us. But what does that mean to you? I knew what it meant to me when I came out to my wife. I dreamed of getting dressed and going to the mall with her. Although that hasn’t happened we’ve had countless girls nights in and it’s been absolutely magical. You mention wanting to learn. Are you looking for another crossdresser to teach you how to walk in heels or select the right clothes and sizes? Are you looking for someone to teach you makeup? If so, you may need to broaden your search a bit. I learned how to do makeup thanks to three different teachers:
-My wife. She showed me the differences between highlighters and bronzers and concealers. She taught me the basics and broadened my horizons when it comes to makeup beyond just eyeliner and lipstick. She showed me how to apply foundation and the basics
-Other crossdressers. I read a lot of websites and forum comments and watched makeup tutorials about having more traditional masculine facial features and how to wear makeup and what products to purchase. I learned a lot of techniques, such as beard covering, this way
-Finally, a professional makeup artist. I booked a private makeup lesson and learned how to contour and minimize and enhance different aspects of MY face. Every face is different and techniques that work for some faces won’t work for others.
You may, of course, also need to alter your expectations. Many of us want to find an amazing person to have a fulfilling and incredible life with. BUT you add in crossdressing to that relationship (or really, ANY relationship) it’s going to complicate things. Coming out to someone you are romantically linked with will FOREVER alter your relationship.
Before I came out to my wife (my girlfriend at the time) we had a good relationship. Skipping ahead all those years later, we still have a good relationship but coming out to her has not always been easy but through communication and patience we adapted.
Before my wife I dated a girl who was 100000% accepting of what I wore, but goodness that relationship was not healthy for either of us. When we ended it, part of me wondered if I would ever find someone who accepted my crossdressing the way she did, but staying in an unhealthy relationship BECAUSE they accepted my wardrobe choices was not a good idea.
In my opinion, if you want a relationship and you want crossdressing to be a part of it, you need to start with finding the right person, and then coming out to them. Work on developing that friendship, that trust, that honesty. Of course, you need to come out to them while you are in the early stages of dating, especially if them accepting your crossdressing is essential when it comes to a committed relationship.
There are places online one can go to when it comes to finding other crossdressers. I would recommend joining crossdressers.com or urnotalone.com. Although I am rarely on these sites anymore, I have made friends through them. Go to the site, create an account, and look in the forums and discussion posts for others in your area.
To summarize, you can’t MAKE anyone accept your crossdressing. I never made my wife accept it, but after some time passed she grew to understand that this side of me was, well, a part of me that wasn’t going to go away. As two people create a life together they soon learn there are aspects of the other’s life that they may not understand or even like, but through honesty and communication they may come to accept the other person’s habits and personality and even clothing preferences.
I really hope this rambling and almost aimless response helps, lol.
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