As for the gay issue, the majority wanted to be able to live with their partner in peace, share benefits and wealth. they got that and almost everyone on both sides moved on. For the rest of the alphabet soup crowd, most have mental issues or our just plain crazy and want to have an issue and even the normal gays are trying to distance from them.
IKN's thoughts, a bad essay in 4 parts
On the surface I simply don't get transgenderism in modern society. If a man feels more effeminate and wants to live and express that way- he can do that. If a woman feels more masculine and to live and express that way- she can do that. Twink, Tomboy, whatever. Cool. There's assholes out there but by and large society should and does tolerate (not necessarily celebrate, but tolerate) the way people want to live- as we should. No need to transition to the other gender to be happy wearing flannel with short hair.
But there's a whole lot more than the surface. If it were that simple, people wouldn't subject themselves to the hardships of being trans. There really is something there that prevents people from people happy in their own skin, with their own sex. They even named it- gender dysphoria. To me that's a mental illness (not a pejorative- just the accurate description for a clinical diagnosable condition). Body dysmorphia. OCD. Anorexia. Tonnes of conditions where the way persons' brain perceives the body, the self, or the world around it is disjointed, negatively impacting their quality of life. Where I think things went wrong is that in some circles the previous sentence is completely taboo, that gender dysphoria has been entrenched as an expression of the "true self", and any discussion or attempt to treat it as a mental illness is bigoted. To me that further stigmatizes it. The help for a body dysmorphic person is not aid in self mutilation to help them embrace their "true self."
That being said, I'm not living it, I'm not an expert. In any case while it is my personal opinion that there should be discourse on mental treatment prior to resorting to physical (transitioning), in the end it is a legitimate mental health issue. If the treatment that resolves it and allows people to live a happy, healthy life is transitioning, good for them. While they're sorting it out, and after, they deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion.
Finally, while I am frustrated that there is a school of thought in this country where most of the above would be seen as intolerant, that I would get shouted down in many university forums, I also think that is small potatoes when there are very active movements (governmental and non) on this continent to other, demonize, and persecute people, inciting violence out of nothing but small minded bigoted hatred.