I came across this piece the other day
I thought it was an interesting read and is well worth more study. It clearly shows that the taboo of crossdressing is deeply rooted in our society. It also suggests that trans* people have been more open or ‘out’ in society for longer than many of us may give credit.
I think that as long as crossdressing was hidden and private (or at least seemed to be) the authorities were happy to turn a blind eye, but as soon as people became assertive and public then it became a perceived threat of some sort. I would like to see this topic explored in more detail.