chapter  5
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A HETEROSEXUAL TRANSVESTITE CLUB*

WithNeil Buhrich

The club was named after the seahorse because it is ‘a rather delightful creature, a trifle slow but with graceful movement and quiet dignity’ and because of its ‘combination, at times, of both gender-roles’. In February 1972 wives and girlfriends of members were allowed to attend club meetings. More recently children and parents have also been accepted. In August 1973 a branch of the club was founded in Melbourne. At present the club has over 250 members and branches in all Australian capitals. There are no female transvestite members in the club. The existence of female heterosexual transvestism has been questioned (Benjamin, 1967b).