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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.

Tri-Ess has more than 30 chapters nationwide in the United States, and is a member of the World Congress of Transgender Organizations.

The Tri-Ess vision statement is expressed in the acronym FIBER:

Full personality expression, in a blending of both our masculine and feminine characteristics, in order to be all we can be.

Integration of our masculinity and femininity to create a happier, more complete, person as we use our enhanced understanding of ourselves in our daily lives.

Balance between masculinity and femininity in our total personalities.

Education of Crossdressers toward self-acceptance, education of our families toward understanding, and education of society toward the acceptance of Crossdressers as ordinary people with a special gender gift.

Relationship-building in the context of crossdressing.


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.

Membership, publications, and programs[edit]

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]

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