By Kris Burton
Hello everyone. My name is Kris, and I am a crossdresser.
I know that sounds like an introduction one might give at a 12 step program meeting, where a person might go in an attempt to overcome the demon of addiction. Some have even gone as far as to refer to their crossdressing inclination as an addiction that they wish could be cured. I am not one of those. For me, crossdressing is very much an integral part of my psychological well being. I am also very much a beginner, a newbie – having begun my active CD journey about a year and a half ago…
…at age 69.
When persons discuss their CD journey I always mention my late start, and I often hear the response “What a late bloomer!” or “What took you so long?” I suppose it does seem like that, and for a time I thought my story was well outside the norm, but I know now that it is hardly unheard of.
The vast majority of persons I’ve talked to relate tales of their dressing that go back to their childhood or pubescent years. For whatever reason, I had no crossdressing experiences as a child or teen, and I can honestly say the thought never even crossed my mind. In fact, I did not have any experience at all until age 29. One evening I “jokingly” tried on one of my wife’s nightgowns. After we both laughed, she asked if I liked it. I said no, but I lied big time – I loved it! Exhilarated and yet taken aback by my exuberant reaction I did not do such a thing again for several years. I will confess that during this moratorium I often found myself desiring to explore my awakened proclivity, and after a few years I did have several private skirmishes with some of my wife’s pantyhose and a particularly lovely yellow dress. It would soon stop though, as I felt I had fallen into kind of a fetish and was behaving in a manner way over the top.
Ah, where is that nightgown and yellow dress now that I can fully appreciate it!
It would be at least 30 years before I would experiment again while my wife was out of town. This time I would I acquire some garments that were my own – pantyhose, panties, some inexpensive heels and a kimono robe which I still have. The fact that they were my own garments seemed to seal the deal. With this, I experienced the sensual pleasure and euphoric release described so accurately by many – except rather than as a teenager, as a retired 69 year old educator, father of two adult children with a wife of 41 years. Still, there seems to be a common a pattern that all of us share no matter when we began – early beginnings and attractions (my wife’s clothes, she was and is a very stylish dresser), a period of clandestine and sporadic experimentation (with some of my wife’s garments), a period of denial (30+ years in my case), followed finally by full acceptance of active crossdressing ( for me when I acquired garments of my own).
At last I had embraced what was in my psyche for many years, probably implanted long before the nightgown incident. As I analyze it (in an amateur, armchair way of course) it seems my experiences are much the same as those who began as youngsters, the only difference was age and the amount of time in between. In short, it just took me a longer time to come around…a lot longer.
Some might regret the time lost, squandering the years when I – we – have the best possible physical appearance and the best “canvas” upon which to “paint” a persona and presentation. I am not in that number either. In spite of FaceApp showing me what the possibilities might have been, I am undaunted. In fact, I seem to have found a very significant positive. I have not experienced the guilt/shame syndrome which plagued so many of us in their younger years, some for their entire life. My only significant concern was how my wife would react, but I came out to her right away – well, within a week or two as I could not handle the stress at all. As such I avoided most of the deception which appears to be the most damaging component to marriages. My wife did have a period of adjustment to be sure, but it was not a contentious one. She has become quite accepting, even participatory up to a point, and has done much to tutor me in the dark art of makeup application.
I know I am one of the lucky ones, and as she puts it as long as I don’t try to pass myself off as female at the local policeman’s ball everything should be fine.
There also have been some positive side effects. I have found crossdressing has a wonderful “youthening” quality which I experience every time I dress. In many respects I’m like an exuberant little kid who has found something totally new, exciting and, yes, a bit edgy. I am devoid of a “been there, done that” attitude that can sometimes seep into even the things we enjoy as we become older. Learning how to use makeup is a big one for me, as I experiment with mascara, eyeshadow, blush and techniques as a 12 year old girl might. I also enjoy selecting outfits that match not only in color but in aesthetics, perhaps even pushing the boundaries of “age appropriateness”.
Crossdressing has also rekindled for me an interest in photography which I enjoyed many years ago. I do want to present the best image possible visually, and combining crossdressing with photography adds another layer of artistry to what I and many others consider to be an artistic pursuit. For me, the most exciting aspect of this has been in applying my fledgling skills by going into the community en femme, thus bringing my alter ego – my fantasy persona – into the real world. Even as my male self (a good 99% of the time or more) all of this has given me much more motivation to stay in shape and the positive benefits for my physical as well as mental health have been notable.
Soon, I will attend my first conference, at Keystone in Harrisburg PA. I am looking so forward to meeting many of the persons with whom I have been talking and sharing with online in person, exchanging stories like I have here and making new friends with our common interest. Perhaps best of all is the fact that I know that the next time I choose to dress I will experience the sensual euphoria once again.
So, even though my journey has begun late in life, it’s a part of me now, and I’m the better person for it.
I met Kris at Keystone and she is as delightful as I imagined!