I’ll start by first acknowledging that there are people who hate trans people. What I am arguing here is that trans people, by and large, do not experience mistreatment on account of their transness, but on account of their gender non-conformity, and I believe I can convincingly illustrate this with the following thought experiment:
Imagine that a trans-identified male who conforms to the stereotypes of his sex walks into the men’s room. He looks like what a man is supposed to look like according to gendered stereotypes, but he identifies as a woman. He even participates in r/actuallesbians.
Now imagine that a gender-nonconforming “cis” man enters a male-only space. He has long hair and wears makeup and a blouse but recognizes his presentation for what it is, gender non-conformity and individual expression. He has no delusions of being a woman and doesn’t identify as such.
Who do you think is more likely to be a victim of assault?