i think i might be too tired to parse what you mean by ‘would be for seeing them’ at the moment.
the point i’m really making isn’t that ‘transvestite’ as a word/id is necessarily good or bad
but the fact is, is that at least during the years of Stonewall and a little bit after, many of the important and notable participants often did use that word to describe themselves.
yes, there are historical reasons for why and for why they may have used different words as they grew older and trans/gender discourse changed. but the fact that ppl grow and change over time doesn’t invalidate their earlier experiences.
to strip them of their agency by coercively labelling them with the notion that
'well, if they were alive today, they'd probably use a different word'
is to disrespect their memories and to misunderstand what their legacy is.
transvestism isn’t a gross concept because some ppl used it to describe themselves, but because it literally was an attempt by the medical industrial complex to de-legitimize certain types of gender expression by making their lives/identities into a fetish.
the fact that this term isn’t much used today owes a great deal to the legacies of these women/ppl who once ID’d as ‘transvestites’ but rose up against their oppressors and changed everything.