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Tri-Ess (Society for the Second Self) is an international educational, social, and support group for heterosexual cross-dressers, their partners, and their families.[1][2][3]


Tri-Ess was founded in 1976 by the merging of two existing groups for crossdressers, Mamselle, a group formed by Carol Beecroft, and another group called the Foundation for Personality Expression (FPE), which was formed by Virginia Prince.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Tri-Ess has five chapters nationwide in the United States,[11] and is a member of the World Congress of Transgender Organizations.[12]

Membership, publications, and programs

The Femme Mirror
A quarterly magazine covering a wide range of topics in crossdressing, including coming out stories, community news, etc.
Sweetheart Connection
A quarterly newsletter produced by wives, for wives of other crossdressers.[citation needed]
Big Sister Program
New members joining Tri-Ess have the option of being assigned a correspondence Big Sister, serves a supportive role during their first year of membership.
Pen Pal Program
For members who live far away from any chapters, Tri-Ess has a Pen Pal program.
Sisters Across the Sea Program
This program encourages international correspondence between Tri-Ess chapters in the United States and similar organizations abroad.
Holiday en femme
A holiday for crossdressers, hosted each November.
Spouses' and Partners' International Conference on Education (SPICE)
Non-crossdressed event for wives and couples.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Abby, Dear. "His cross-dressing isn't a secret anymore".
  2. ^ Brant, Joseph (July 29, 2015). "TRANSPARENT recap: "Best New Girl"".
  3. ^ "Cross-Dressers: Coming Out to Their Wives".
  4. ^ "IFGE's 1st Annual "Coming Together-Working Together" Convention: Book of Program Transcripts - Digital Transgender Archive".
  5. ^ "The TV-TS tapestry". International Foundation for Gender Education. July 29, 1991 – via Internet Archive.
  6. ^ "TV GUISE Vol. I, Issue 8 (November, 1991) - Digital Transgender Archive".
  7. ^ "The TV-TS tapestry". International Foundation for Gender Education. July 29, 1993 – via Internet Archive.
  8. ^ "The 7th annual Coming Together - Working Together Convention Program Book - Digital Transgender Archive".
  9. ^ "The TV-TS tapestry". International Foundation for Gender Education. July 29, 1994.
  10. ^ "AEGIS News, No. 7 (April, 1996) - Digital Transgender Archive".
  11. ^ "chap-list".
  12. ^ "Whatis".

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