Having crossdressing friends can be a great way to feel more supported, and to feel like you’re part of a community. You can find events in your area that you can attend, as well as online support groups and social media sites that you can join. Having a community of people to talk to can help you get through the tough times, as well as celebrate the good times.
Social media sites
Whether you’re new to the social networking game or have been doing it for ages, there are a few sites and apps that can help you make your crossdressing life more exciting. Some are free, while others charge a fee for extra features. However, if you’re a social butterfly, you’ll probably be inclined to use at least one of these.
The best social media site for crossdressing is one that is designed with you in mind. The most popular social networks are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and they all allow you to specify your preferred pronouns. This allows you to avoid awkward situations with a stranger.
The CrossDressing Social Network App is a free app that is packed with features. You can search for other people with the same gender or interest in a group. You can also IM anyone on the site. There are dozens of daily posts on the site as well.
Events in your area
Organizing your own event or attending one isn’t for the faint of heart. Luckily, there are plenty of organizations and individuals that are more than willing to lend a hand and provide a few tips and tricks of their own. These include: Vanity Club, dba gfx, and a few local business owners. And if you don’t have the inclination to do it yourself, there are many reputable event planners in town who can handle the lion’s share of your event coordinating needs. A little planning goes a long way and you will be rewarded with a fun and rewarding experience.
Online support groups
Whether you’re a crossdresser or gender-fluid person, it’s important to find a support group that can help you. Support groups can help you to connect with others who understand, learn how to look better, and get advice on how to cope. There are several online groups that you can join to help you find the support you need.
Gender Spectrum is an online support group for transgender and gender-fluid people. These groups are facilitated by volunteers who are knowledgeable about the community and help you to connect with others. You can participate in these groups in two ways: through a teleconference call or through online chat.
If you’re interested in joining a transgender support group, you can find one on the national level, such as Beaumont Partners, or by creating your own group. The Beaumont Partners has been around since 1966, and they offer confidential and non-judgmental support for both women and men.
Feelings of guilt, shame and self-hatred
Despite the fact that crossdressing is not illegal and it is acceptable in other areas of life, feelings of guilt, shame and self-hate can be triggered by the idea that a person is violating social norms. A person’s negative self-evaluation is rooted in childhood messages that plant seeds of shame. However, talking about one’s wrongdoing and making amends for it can lead to behavior change.
To determine the association between RSB and self-hate, simple slopes analyses were performed, adjusting for age, gender, reassured self dimension, safe/content affect scale and presence of stable relationship. The results indicated that higher RSB levels were associated with more self-hate for sexual minority participants. For heterosexual participants, the relationship between RSB and self-hate was not significant. For sexual minority men, RSB was positively associated with the activated subscale. The association between RSB and self-hate for sexual minority women was weaker.
These findings indicate that RSB is a unique determinant of self-hate for sexual minority participants. Further, it is possible to use compassion-focused interventions to address self-hate in sexual minority people.