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Unread 01-29-2015, 06:49 PM   #1
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So I recently earned enough money to take a trip to my first big convention, which is Sakura Con this April in Seattle. I am going with a group of friends and semi-friends/aquaintances and we are all going to cosplay. Now I have for the longest time, been a very feminine man and consider myself to be transgendered. One of the people who is going knew this and offered the idea to me that I should "Crossplay" when we go. Now I never have been one to outwardly show my gender identity, but the thought of Crossplay really got me wondering if I should take that extra step. A couple things are making me hesitate though. Like, How acceptable is Crossplay in most coventions? and how much negative attention should I expect?
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Unread 01-29-2015, 10:13 PM   #2
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I can't speak for all conventions or anything universal like that, but I've been to SakuraCon (and a couple of other cons) several times, and from my experiences crossplaying isn't viewed any differently from normal cosplaying. In general I haven't heard of anyone getting bugged for crossplaying, nor have I had any such experiences myself. There could always be that one person who feels like being grumpy or whatever, but overall I would say crossplay (namely at SakuraCon) is generally quite acceptable, and in my experiences crossplay hasn't attracted too much, if any, negative attention.

Granted, I'm a girl cosplaying as male characters, which I've seen far more of than the other way around, so I can't say for sure how crossplayers are seen in the opposite situation. Personally I don't mind it at all; I appreciate it just like any other cosplay!
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Unread 01-29-2015, 10:33 PM   #3
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At sakuracon we have what we call "The Touhou Fandom Guys". These are men that cross dress as the girls from the Touhou games. They are the type that do not pass. They do it on purpose. Its funny I guess. Anyway cross dressing while not adding is accepted. Image real crossplaying. Trust me. At sakuracon you'll be fine.
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Unread 01-30-2015, 06:25 AM   #4
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I'm really glad to hear this! I suppose I'm just nervous but for some reason I assumed the worst. None the less, this is super relieving to hear! Thank you both for easing my nerves.
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Unread 01-30-2015, 06:12 PM   #5
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The first time I crossplayed was as Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn at last years Phoenix Comic Con and honestly, I had nothing but compliments. Same went for Saboten Con went I crossplayed as Super Sonico. The most important thing to remember is that it doesn't matter what other people think of you, whether it be negative or positive, as long as you're having fun that's what counts; don't let closed-minded people get in the way of your con experience and just be true to yourself. I have a similar story, have been crossdressing ever since July and it's the most important lesson you'll ever learn if you want to keep with it.

Like YuPuffin said, it's generally more accepted at cons than it used to be due to the atmosphere and demographics, but there will always be those people.
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Unread 01-30-2015, 08:42 PM   #6
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Feeling nervous is actually extremely common for the first time. Don't worry. You just gotta push past that and force yourself to go outside anyway. You gotta learn to take the good responses to heart and pretend you don't know what the bad is talking about "eff you I'm fabulous".
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Unread 01-31-2015, 08:55 PM   #7
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hearing all this from others really does wonders for my confidence! I'll do my best to have that "eff you I'm fabulous" mentality haha! Thank you all again!
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Unread 01-31-2015, 09:24 PM   #8
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hearing all this from others really does wonders for my confidence! I'll do my best to have that "eff you I'm fabulous" mentality haha! Thank you all again!
lol if you see me at con you can walk around with me. Cosplaying MTF with another person makes things a little easier. That is, if you want..
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Unread 01-31-2015, 11:28 PM   #9
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lol if you see me at con you can walk around with me. Cosplaying MTF with another person makes things a little easier. That is, if you want..
That would be wonderful! Thank you for the kind offer! I'll definetely at least say hello if I see you.
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Unread 02-01-2015, 12:36 AM   #10
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That would be wonderful! Thank you for the kind offer! I'll definetely at least say hello if I see you.
No problem. It just helps to have other people that are also doing the same thing..

Anyway, I see you have Asuna and Kagami both in your signature. Are you doing one of them for Sakuracon? All that's doing is reminding me that my group needs to finish our own Lucky Star stuff..I too am cosplaying Kagami when we do.
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Unread 02-01-2015, 04:55 AM   #11
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No problem. It just helps to have other people that are also doing the same thing..

Anyway, I see you have Asuna and Kagami both in your signature. Are you doing one of them for Sakuracon? All that's doing is reminding me that my group needs to finish our own Lucky Star stuff..I too am cosplaying Kagami when we do.
Yeah! I'm planning on doing Asuna at Sakura con. I'm saving Kagami for later, although she is definetely on my list. What a coincidence though that we would both be planning on doing her. I bet it's fun having a whole group doing cosplays from the same anime.
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Unread 02-01-2015, 12:27 PM   #12
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I also did a crossplay last summer, and even for me everything was completely positive. And now i know im transsexual.

I actually recommend you try it out, you can slip into the role of the other gender for a while and explore how you feel about it, but you have a safety net in any case and dont commit to anything. Worked that way for me
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Unread 02-01-2015, 04:15 PM   #13
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Yeah! I'm planning on doing Asuna at Sakura con. I'm saving Kagami for later, although she is definetely on my list. What a coincidence though that we would both be planning on doing her. I bet it's fun having a whole group doing cosplays from the same anime.
Asuna was the second crossplay I ever did, after Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail. Here is a pic of me as Asuna from last year's Sakuracon. http://imgur.com/wG9pLDR
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Unread 02-02-2015, 09:21 PM   #14
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Trust me, it was nerve wrecking the first time I crossplayed last year. Crossplay is pretty accepted in the con community, really not no one bats an eye at it. Once I did it though, it was fun, and even more fun since I had a good friend with me.
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Unread 02-03-2015, 07:28 PM   #15
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At NekoCon I crossplayed as Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill. I shaved my legs, but not my beard :P Anyway, I had a blast, folks loved the costume, and at the KLK photoshoot I got picked up by a huge, buff, Nudist Beach Gamagoori for a post. It was hilarious and awesome!

To summarise: do it, hold your head high and be proud of your costume, and everyone who matters will love it
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