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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:53 UK time, Monday, 8 May 2006

For those on the outside, transvestism or cross dressing is probably not taken too seriously. But spare a thought for people like Tracey who writes: "I am female born the wrong gender and have pretended to be male for 65 years." Of a sex change, she writes: "It is painful, a long and difficult process but experience tells me it would have been worth it. Better a few years of hardship than a lifetime of unhappiness."

Tracey is not alone. Elen was the first to get in touch to share her experiences: "I had known about transvestites for a long time but had never imagined myself to be one; a bit of kinky dressing up in private was, to my mind, a very different matter from pretending to be a woman in public!"

You can read more of Elen's story and other people's personal experiences in My Story.

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