THE TRANSGENDER PARADIGM SHIFT TOWARD FREE EXPRESSION
Unci! this decade of rhe 1990s, the emerging transgendcr community consisted of three recognizable components: transsexuals, cross-dressers (usually heterosexual), and drag kings and queens. While the need to challenge culturally imposed stereotypes remains just as strong today, these three models have proven to be far from sufficienc £0 describe the true range of transgender expression, ironically reinforcing the myth that there are only two genders, as defined by most contemporary assimilationist cultures. More and more people arc not confining themselves to familiar territory and wellknown labels like transsexual, cross-dresser, and drag, but are moving into new and unexplored space (Boswell, 1991 ).