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If LGBT is for inclusiveness, why doesn't it include everyone? Because people want support and to be around people like themselves.
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual go together. Being trans is nothing like those things.
that's an incredibly ahistorical argument, though, and it also ignores the realities and lives of many trans people, and the position of both LGB and trans people in our homophobic, transphobic society.
it's very difficult, a lot of the time, to tell where homophobia ends and transphobia begins. the two oppressions certainly are not the same, but they're interconnected in very specific ways, and it's foolish to say "well, gender and sexual orientation aren't the same thing, so the two communities have nothing to do with each other!" because of course they do. half the time the people who attack us, ostracize us, discriminate against us, and otherwise express their hatred of us don't know which letter of the initialism we represent, and they don't care. and the trans community was a crucial part of the beginning of the gay rights movement, and the two are still very much connected.
like, i understand what you're saying, but your argument is completely divorced from the actual, practical realities of many LGB and trans people.