Wow this is so fascinating and encouraging to hear, especially for those of us who have experienced that “opposite” reaction or at least something different than understanding and support. Back when I was a little girl, long ago, even therapists would have regarded my feelings as a “condition” which needed to be “cured.” I’m rather grateful my parents did not go that route. They must have known I was dressing, it’s pretty hard to hide when you’re nine or ten, but they never said one word to me about it, apparently hoping that it was a phase I would grow out of. I was left lonely and confused, but at least I was not subjected to “corrective” measures, so I didn’t feel so much shame and conflict. I knew what felt good to me, and I thrived on it.
Looking forward to your next installment.