A follow up post about the site I recently linked to here on Cyrsti's Condo, will refer to the possibility of bridging the gap between cross dressers and transgender women.
Sometimes I wonder if we are the equivalent of oil and water mixing.
Of course, during the stages of a Mtf gender transition, many of us pass through being what we believe to be a cross dressing period. Then gradually we find,being feminine is a natural way of life for us and we begin to think of ourselves as transgender.
This transition makes it incredibly difficult for us to explain to a spouse, family or friend what is going on with us. Simply wanting to wear clothes of the opposite gender is easier to pass off (no pun intended) than wanting to switch and live full time.
Also, the incredible tiny yet huge differences between the binary genders can not be easily explained or even learned without real life experience.
I do think cross dressers can understand transgender women and vice versa.
It;s hard for me though, to understand the cross dressers who seem to be more interested in posting a selfie, rather than caring what is happening to LGBT rights overall. But there was a time, I was guilty of the same thing. It took me years to figure out when and if someone took the time to tell me "how good I looked" was there a silent "for a man" attached to it? Plus learning to live a feminine life encompassed so much more than looks or passing.
Maybe I have been chosen to experience binary gender dysphoria and fluid dysphoria in the same life?