However, these landmarks do not negate the distance still needing to be travelled. As with Gay Rights, the end goal is that having “Rights” specific to subgroups becomes obsolete. Human Rights should cover all elements of humanity, whether the humans in question differ in race, religion, sexuality or gender, but until blanket acceptance becomes enshrined in law and adopted by society in its entirety, the battle for equality will continue. The Gay Community has ploughed forward like a freight train in the last decade due to its newfound visibility and sheer weight in numbers, but now, Trans* people are hot on their heels. The Trans* Community may not include the same kind of numbers as the wider LGBT collective, but with their support growing both on and off the scene, Trans* issues have never been more relevant, nor more talked about.
Remember when Nadia Almada's transgendered status was gleefully revealed to Big Brother contestants each week in a nudge-nudge wink-wink joke we were all in on? Remember the media's freakshow-esque reaction to Dana International's Eurovision win? For a country that's always been proud of its defence of personal liberties and freedoms, it's remarkable to see how much transphobia was entrenched into the national psyche only a few years ago without the majority of us even picking up on it. And yes, the word "tranny" has become something almost synonymous with that.