Going back in history, there was the sentiment about keeping women barefoot and pregnant. That made it very difficult for women to gain any sense of independence. If the circumstances don’t allow much for education and personal development, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that women are, in fact, inferior.
For many trans people, if just existing day to day is a supreme struggle, there clearly won’t be much left over to lend towards volunteer work, charitable work or civic involvement. Basically, the folks working against us win as we are left with either a bad or non-existent reputation.
Anyway, it’s another reason that folks who do have some time and energy left over to participate in things that the non-LGBT community does. It’s our community and country too!!