How to Explain Cross-Dressing to Parents
Cross dressers aren't always gay. Also, they're not necessarily having an identity crisis or psychologically disturbed. It's a form of dress-up, a way to stretch your imagination and identify with the opposite sex. Cross-dressing is burdened with negative assumptions. Prepare to explain to your parents why you do it. Here are some tips to make the experience less painful.
1го Give some thought to your sexual orientation. That'll be the first thing your parents will wonder about. It's your decision to tell them if you're gay, but be prepared for a longer explanation of your cross dressing if you're not.
2го Decide how you feel about the opposite sex. Cross dressing makes some people uncomfortable because it violates the distance between the sexes that most of us are used to.
3го Tell your parents it's fun to cross dress. Show them the clothes you wear and why you chose them. Explain that it's like playing pretend and makes you creative.
4го Make them understand how cross dressing helps you connect with the opposite sex. Men who identify with women and women who identify with men have better relationships, greater tolerance and a more balanced life.
5го Address the issue of sexual gratification. You don't have to explain it to them in detail. They'll wonder but if you don't feel comfortable discussing your sexual feelings, tell them (nicely) it's your own business and make them respect that.
6го Assure them you're the same person they've always known. They may think you change into someone else when you cross dress. Make them understand your values don't change with your clothes.
7го Reassure them you're not crazy. Cross dressing is more common than your parents think. Do some research and give them articles written by experts on the subject. The International Foundation for Gender Education has a book called "Understanding Cross Dressing" that your parents might appreciate.
*A guy who cross dresses will have a harder time explaining it to his parents than a girl.
*Rent comedy films like "Some Like it Hot," "Tootsie" or "The Birdcage" for a light touch on cross-dressing.
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