Many hurdles ahead for transgender rights movement – David Crary – AP National Writer

New York – As gays and lesbians rack up victories in their quest for marriage equality and other rights, transgender Americans are following in their path – hopefully, but less smoothly.

There have been some important legal rulings and political votes in recent months bolstering transgender rights. But those have coincided with an upsurge of hostility from some conservative activists, and an acknowledgement by transgender-rights leaders that they face distinct challenges in building public support for their cause.