There's a lot of emotion behind this. Sociologically and psychologically speaking, much of the emotion is rooted in fear and stringent adherence to societal norms. (Remember, norms are perceptions and are not commandments written in stone. But let us not start into a philosophical debate on the word "normal.") If we rewind back to norms of about 100 years ago, my opinion would most likely be ignored due to me being female. Society changes. Much of what is happening now has always existed, but those who are transgender or gay had to live under the radar, many times having to give up certain rights in order to just survive while heterosexual white America remained entitled. Part of this, too, is much of white middle class America suddenly feels cornered and threatened by any minority, realizing that they are quickly becoming a minority themselves. It's a bit odd when the tables are turned, isn't it? It seems to me our, country is blanketed in a pervasive, blinding fear, and operating in fight or flight mode, thus ignoring rational discourse.
It's important to have a basic understanding of gender identity in terms of science, not based through religious texts and constructs deemed by society. Step outside of your sandbox for a moment, shake off the sand, and then step into the sandbox of a transgender youth. If you came across this thread then, what would you think? What would be your reactions? What would you do? What if your child was transgender?
This doesn't mean you have to conform, it means you have to be compassionate. This isn't about "agendas" or being "PC," it's about being human.
Call me a pseudo-Dalai Lama liberal hippie tree-hugging democrat psycho-babbling feminist. I'm ok with that.