The Trans community does, indeed, have a passionate and powerful story to tell. And they should - in fact must absolutely be on the platform. But when we go in to talk about young gay men in Scouting, or Lesbians in professional sports - the Trans story does not have to demand equal time in that campaign or conversation, lest they feel forgotten and cast aside. That's as much a load as insisting that in a campaign to get the insurance companies to cover pre-operative counseling and therapy that we also push for free condom distribution and anti-bullying funding from Pfizer. It's not the right time or place. Grow up!
We're already forgotten and cast aside. I'd also venture to say transgender individuals are the only minority that one is still able to be make fun of without repercussion. Say something homophobic in the media and prepare to get yourself torn a new asshole. Say something transphobic and people just laugh. There's a reason so few of us transition- NO ONES CARES! We get comments, like, "Grow up!" and "wait your turn." That or no one comments, because:
(a) People don't care.
(b) No one knows the urgency of our issue and how badly it can affect our lives (to the point that yes, we have a much higher suicide rate than our gay, bisexual, and lesbian brethren).
Granted there's very little statistical data about transsexuals, since NO ONE cares enough to gather it and the majority of us won't transition due to fear of the extreme and overwhelming discrimination and stigma brought on by modern society.
I agree though...We don't need equal time in this particular campaign. Although, it would be cool to have some time. You know, just a little bit. Like, a couple seconds of it. You can't go a day without seeing a LGB-related news article, and, despite most of them being negative, they're still there. Every couple months you'll see a new trangender type article, which will almost certainly have incorrect terminology (like calling a transsexual a crossdresser) and be extremely negative as well. Heck, the only positive T article I've read was one about Obama appointing some low level government member who happened to be a transsexual, in which I recall every comment being disparaging except for those by transsexuals, or people who personally know or have been effected by them. Life sure is peachy.
And, the counseling and therapy isn't the only thing the majority of us want. There's quite a bit of employment discrimination against trans individuals (especially full-time pre-operatives), in case you wouldn't have guessed. In fact, I'm pretty sure we were either removed from ENDA, or there was discussion of removing us.
Oh yeah, another hot button issue for us is affording GRS, FFS, and all those lovely procedures that make us not want to kill ourselves. GRS (gender-reassignment-surgery) costs, oh, 10-15K for an MTF (male-to-female) and around 50+ thousand for an FTM (female-to-male) despite the FTM surgery being horrible incomplete. The money to pay for this comes straight out of our pockets as well, which is ridiculous considering people don't like to provide us with the jobs necessary to afford such surgery. FFS (facial-feminization-surgery) costs even more at around 20-60K; sometimes higher, very little times lower, and, once more, all out of our pockets. HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is also pretty damn expensive. I pay around $600+ dollars a year for mine and I would most certainly end my existence if I somehow ran out and was unable to afford more...The regular therapy in and of itself is also rather expensive.
/self-serving rant...I just really hate being told to "Grow up!" >.>