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Cross-dressers (also called Transvestites) are people who choose to wear clothes which are associated with a different gender identity to their own. This typically means a man (by sex)who dresses in feminine clothes, or a woman (by sex) who dresses in masculine clothes. Although this can include dressing androgynously and wearing both "men's" and "women's" clothes.

In the modern day, most cross-dressers are not transgender and do not want to transition. However, the concept of transvestites pre-dates widespread use of the term transgender, so in the past cross-dressing (particularly drag) was seen as a way for transgender people to express their identity and both communities were referred to as transvestites.

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