Although I identify as female, I always cross-dress when I go to the Gender Blender — an event held by Love is for Everyone, a group associated with USU's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies. It is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, to get out and cross-dress and hang out with a fantastic group of diverse people.
Dressing like a man and assuming a man's role is empowering, fresh and totally fun, and it's always a blast to see my friends do the same. While I typically only deliberately cross-dress at this event — wearing basketball shorts or sweats doesn't count for girls — there is a significant slice of the population who cross-dress on a regular basis and find fulfillment in their personal lives while doing so.
While reading, keep in mind that sexual identity, one's internal feeling of being male or female; sexual orientation, describing who one is sexually attracted to; and sexual expression, one's external appearance, are not the same. Although sometimes these are connected, more often than not they have no correlation whatsoever.
It's also important to remember that cross-dressers, or transvestites, are not the same as drag queens or transsexuals. Drag queens are usually gay men who dress outrageously feminine, typically for a performance of some kind. Transsexuals are men or women who feel they were born into the wrong body. They cross-dress early on to signify their inner feelings of being a different sex, and often, receive a sex change operation later in life.
Complete article at USU Statesman : http://bit.ly/rN9h6f