how is fighting for gay marriage/adoption rights going to benefit trans people? women having the right to vote and being essentially legally equal to men on paper doesn't mean women don't get discriminated against. i think attitudes are more powerful than bits of paper.
I’ve literally been considering this question since last week. I think I have an answer.
First off, that “piece of paper” you mention is the law. Now, little kids can ask their parents things like “why can’t Jim and Ted get married?”. There should be no reason to ask that question. It shouldn’t even enter in. If religious freaks want to teach that homosexuality is evil and whatever, we can’t stop them. But to back that up with the law, that’s unacceptable. Change the law - like you had to change the laws in the 60s - and attitudes change over time.
As for trans people, the government doesn’t care if you’re trans or not. Simply put, you have a penis and testicles, or you have a vagina, ovaries, etc. If you’re a man pretending to be a woman so you can marry another man, the government - and the law - don’t regard you as “transsexual”. They regard you as homosexual, and frankly, that’s the only distinction I care about. Let me correct that: I don’t care about any “distinction” other than “human”.