This slideshow on Huffington Post was interesting. It shows how much of a difference makeup, wigs, and perhaps false nails can make. Many of these drag queens are beautiful in their female incarnations and nice-looking men, too. Some I didn’t care for, but that’s just a matter of taste.
I have watched TV shows about trans persons — transgender, transexuals, and transvestites — and have met personally at least 3 individuals who fit into one of the above categories. It’s impossible to know exactly which applies to the men in the slideshow, because some may identify as women while others identify as men who like to dress up as women (and very flamboyant women, lol).
I’ve met 2 persons who were male-to-female transsexuals — that is, they had gone through surgical and hormonal adjustments to give them feminine characteristics. A third had been receiving hormones, but she did not have any surgery until later. I haven’t talked to her in a while, so I don’t know if she went through the entire process.
It takes a great deal of courage and determination to make a change like that, especially in the U.S. today. I admire those who do it, facing the disapproval and hatred from so many segments of society. Even gays and lesbians often ostracize them, which surprises me; I would think they would have some understanding of how it feels to be treated that way.