Is it logical and/or prudent for the Gay & Lesbian community to be aligned with Transsexuals/Transgendered people (and to a lesser extent Transvestites)?
It always struck me as odd that the two groups are aligned when it seems they different agendas. I think the main issues Gay Advocacy groups groups speak about are marriage, equal treatment under the law, and child adoption. I know there are plenty more, but that’s what I hear about most often as a casual observer. I really don’t see those issues effecting Transgendered people in the same way. AFAIK, most of the transgendered agenda deals with changing societal views of the binary gender system. I understand that both groups face similar discrimination and harassment, but if that is the only prerequisite, many other minority groups could be included. I could see it if all transgendered people were homosexual, and could be classified as a subset, but that’s not the case.
I may be missing why the relationship between the two is more logical than I give it credit for, but I’m confident it’s not a mutually beneficial one. I sincerely doubt society will ever change its views on gender, whereas homosexuality is becoming more and more acceptable. Even the notion that the binary system should be changed is ridiculous to most people, and not even worthy of serious debate. As a result, it doesn’t seem like transgendered people will be integrated, or accepted into mainstream society anytime soon. While including transgendered people may be the right thing to do, it doesn’t seem like a smart move.
What do you guys think the results of this relationship will be, and is it a wise move for Gay organizations?