There is a difference between gender and gender identity. It's simple. Gender is what you are genetically predisposed to being physically, however mentally it can be much more different. The mind and body develop at different stages of gestation. Chemically some people are more feminine or masculine than others of their physical gender giving them a identity they cannot help but be. No one deserves to be singled out and harassed for something that makes them different. We don't do it to the handicapped. We don't do it to people of color. We don't even do it to those that have political differences than ourselves. Measures have always been taken to protect those who are singled out against the ones who would do them harm. Those with power have that moral responsibility. This is no different.