Cross Dressing | Sexual Behaviour | Sex Addiction Australia
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Counselling for Cross-Dressing in Sydney And Online Sex Addiction

The word cross-dresser refers to dressing as the opposite gender. Cross-dressing is not linked to sexual addiction. Cross-dressing is  a strong desire of temporary gender dysmorphia. Cross-dressing has historically occurred in societies, and is not always linked to sexuality. Cross-dressers may also be stage artists, fun loving party-goers, fashionistas with uni-sex outfits, or individuals disguising their gender to avoid discrimination. Some individuals may purposefully use cross-dressing behaviours to avoid socially stereotyped pressures, and find stress relief in the opposite gender role.


Cross-dressing is a poorly understood behaviour. In most societies, where gender roles are stereotyped, cross-dressers push the boundaries. It is unclear at what age cross-dressing behaviours manifest. In some cases of individual history, the behaviour can be traced back to childhood events, but more likely crossdressing is linked to congenital gender dysmorphia.

The need to cross-dress can be intense. Cross-dressers are typically clear on their biological gender, but feel strong emotional urges to temporarily express themselves as the opposite gender. Such need for gender-switching may, or may not, be accompanied by sexual arousal. Cross-dressing does not indicate a desire to permanently change one’s gender or sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation and cross-dressing are not linked. Cross-dressers may be heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, fluid, or asexual, with a same distribution of sexual identity as common in all other communities.

Cross-dressing may begin in childhood when dressing in the cloths of a family member of the opposite sex. The initial arousal, occurring with dressing, may be caused by accelerated feelings of infatuation.


Non consensual cross-dressing behaviour may cause upheaval and gender conflict in relationship. Partners may benefit from sexual relationship counselling and learn to establish boundaries, while respecting each-others needs.

If cross-dressing causes you conflict, please call Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia in Sydney for information or booking a confidential consultation with our clinical sex therapist Heide. We are available during AEST office hours (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email