The crossdresser label has been around for over 50 years to my knowledge and transgender not quite as long. I have always identified as a crossdresser and not been fond of being referred to as transgender under that umbrella. The crossdresser transgender or other variation labels should be left up to each of us to decide which is applicable in my view.
Over years the transgender term has become dominant when discussing males attired as females regardless of their gender or sexual preferences. In my opinion it is the lazy media to blame for not having the curiosity to dig into the details that lead to the crossdresser vanishing to some degree. I noticed a big change once Caitlyn Jenner made the news with her transition. We all became transgender in their eyes apparently because it became the universal label for all of us. It doesn’t seem to matter that Caitlyn is on one end of the transgender spectrum and crossdressers on the opposite. I only became aware recently that people like swimmer Lia Thomas are considered transwomen even though they still have all the original equipment from birth. No wonder the mainstream public is confused as to what exactly a transgendered person is. Crossdressers and who they are along with what they are all about is not even on their radar. How can a woman like Caitlyn be in the same group as a crossdresser who has not had any surgery or taken hormones?
This is why I will always reject the transgender label for myself when it comes to the crossdresser transgender issue. Crossdressers vanishing while not happening in reality seems to the vast majority of civilians to be the case. The conundrum that crossdressers face is that we avoid publicity as a rule so setting the record straight on the crossdresser’s vanishing is challenging. One possibility would be for every one of us to examine just exactly where we fit in the spectrum. If you are a heterosexual male crossdresser but have just gone along with the trend and accepted the trans label. Maybe you could help fix the vanishing crossdresser dilemma by using the label for yourself if it is applicable. We have already been marginalized albeit unintentional, so we need to keep crossdressers from vanishing.
Children coming of age need to be aware that being a crossdresser is an option to them and possibly the right one.