I know some people who have transitioned, some have had surgery, some have not and live as the gender they identify with, some are somewhere in between. People are people
. Honestly, they are no different than anyone else (why they hell would they be?) Some are brave, some are whiny, some are cute, some are obnoxious, some are lovely. People who were, for whatever reason, born displaying the wrong set of genitals are just people
(I think sometimes it's some of the people around them who are the problem. Either those who won't accept their feelings, knowledge of what gender they really are and identification, or those who fawn over them. The people I know who are trans seem to appreciate true friendship, love and understanding, (just like anybody else, we ALL want true friendship, love and understanding) but not people making a big deal out of the situation unless THEY are in the mood to talk about it. Just the view from my end.)
I have trans friends, first and foremost, because they are my friends
not because they are trans! Just like any other friend, their genitalia or their gender definition really doesn't have any effect on me.