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Jennifer West

I am 63 years old and I have been cross-dressing nearly all my married life.  As with so many of us, we are afraid of what our partners will think to this side of our identity. Initially she was very afraid that I would want a sex change and it took a lot of talking and reassurance on my part that this was not the case.

I have been asked many times why I do this and I cannot answer, all  I can say is that it is very relaxing and a great stress reliever. I am a very lucky person because I have a very understanding wife and she is supportive of this side of my nature and I cannot praise her highly enough. Thankfully she didn’t ask me to choose between my dressing and her.

As I come up to retirement  I hope I have a few more years left in me where I can wear my high heels and ball gown at the Rotherham weekends.  I am afraid that I do have the urge to go out in public and luckily I do not seem to have too much bother although I know I get read from time to time: being out doors is the most wonderful feeling for a t.v.

When I joined the Beaumont Society  I met a couple at Grantham and became sponsored (we do not do this anymore) and straight away I used the contact system and attended my nearest meeting in Nottingham. I met the regional organiser and we became friends for several years. Eventually she asked if I would take over from her and I agreed. I did the job for twelve years when most of it was done by letter!!

I decided to stop being the regional organiser in 2004 but was persuaded to take over as executive secretary , which I still do today. I enjoy being feminine and I would never change a thing but it could have been so different. I am amazed how many women are accepting of cross-dressing and I thank my lucky stars I found one of them.