- Aggrawal, Anil. References to the paraphilias and sexual crimes in the Bible. J Forensic Leg Med. April 2009, 16 (3): 109–14. PMID 19239958. doi:10.1016/j.jflm.2008.07.006.
- Annemarie Vaccaro, Gerri August, Megan S. Kennedy. Safe Spaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth. ABC-CLIO. 2011: 142 [October 21, 2016]. ISBN 0313393680.
Cross-dresser/cross-dressing. (1) The most neutral word to describe a person who dresses, at least partially or part of the time, and for any number of reasons, in clothing associated with another gender within a particular society. Carries no implications of 'usual' gender appearance, or sexual orientation. Has replaced transvestite, which is outdated, problematic, and generally offensive since it was historically used to diagnose medical/mental health disorders.
- Jamie C. Capuzza, Leland G. Spencer. Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories. Lexington Books. 2015: 174 [October 21, 2016]. ISBN 1498500064.
Eventually, the transvestite label fell out of favor because it was deemed to be derogatory; cross-dresser has emerged as a more suitable replacement (GLAAD, 2014b).
- Charles Zastrow. Empowerment Series: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People. Cengage Learning. 2016: 239 [October 21, 2016]. ISBN 130538833X.
It should be noted the term transvestite is often considered an offensive term.
- David A. Gerstner. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. Routledge. 2006: 568 [October 21, 2016]. ISBN 0313393680.
A variety of derogatory terms are still used to describe any aspect of the transgender condition. [...] The term transvestite being older [than cross-dresser] and associated with the medical community's negative view of the practice, has come to be seen as a derogatory term. [...] The term cross-dresser, in contrast, having come from the transgender community itself, is a term seen as not possessing these negative connotations.
- Laura Castañeda. News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity. Sage Publications. 2006: 129 [October 21, 2016]. ISBN 1412909996.
Trannie is a word much like fag or nigger. It may be permitted in conversation between members of the same group but it is deemed an insult when applied to a transsexual by someone who is not transsexual. Transvestite is deemed a derogatory term when applied to a transsexual. Indiscriminate use of these three words, along with the others, shows a lack of training in and understanding of minority relations.
- Christina Richards, Meg Barker. Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide. Sage Publications. 2006: 162 [October 21, 2016]. ISBN 1446287165.
The term transvestite should not be considered to be a safe term, and should certainly not be used as a noun, as in 'a transvestite'. Instead, and only when relevant, the term trans person should be used. [...] There are some people who have reclaimed the word transvestite and may also use the word tranny or TV to refer to themselves and others. [...] The term cross-dressing too is somewhat outdated and problematic as not only do many fashions allow any gender to wear them -- at least in many contemporary Western societies -- but it also suggests a strict dichotomy being reinforced by the person who uses it.
- Bullough, Vern L. Cross Dressing, Sex, and Gender. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993. ISBN 0812214315
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