What Transvestite Means

Many people, even in this day and age, are still confused of what a transvestite is. They are confused by thinking that a transvestite is the same as transgender or even transsexual. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. A transvestite is a person, most of time a male, who dresses and often behaves in ways typical of the opposite sex for the purposes of receiving sexual or emotional gratification.

Transvestite is derived in 1922 from the German word, “Tranvestit”. This word, in turn, is taken from the Latin word, “trans” meaning across and the word, “vestire”, meaning to clothe or to dress.