So this has been bugging me for a while, and I might have asked about it before.
Why are transgender people considered to be the same "group" as gay, lesbian and bi people?
I really don't see the connection. The issues of their respective fields are totally different, the way I see it. To me, it feels like having a group for "handicapped and black rights". I'm not saying that they shouldn't have a group to further their rights, but I don't get why they just lump themselves together.
Even if you look at marriage, it seems to be a purely LGB issue. The issue is whether they are legally the same sex as the other person or not, and being transgendered isn't really taken into account. If they are both legally guys, it's an issue in some states. It has nothing to do with their transgender status and everything to do with what the government considers their orientation to be. While there might be some complications in cases of post-op transsexuals in those states, it wouldn't matter anymore if gay marriage was legalized because gender wouldn't matter anymore.
So what is the point of having transgender in the same group as lesbians, gays and bisexuals?
P.S. Why isn't there a better slang term for bisexuals... like bikes? Yeah, I rode that bike last week! Oh, the fun times that could be had.