Sexual orientation and gender identity have always been central issues in the LGBTQ+ community. Conceptually, they are not the same thing, nor are they interchangeable. The modern Pride movement's first priority for overcoming hate and obtaining rights focused primarily on sexual orientation issues. We have been quite successful in that regard, although of course there is still more work to be done and we must continue to be vigilant in protection of these hard-won rights.
Today, however, the most urgent focus for our community's struggle concerns gender identity issues -- transgender rights, gender fluidity, and rejection of the traditionally-understood gender binary model. Unfortunately, these issues split not only mainstream secular and religious society, but also our own gay male and lesbian communities, feminist community and women's spirituality community.
EVERYBODY has a lot to learn and it is distressing to me that there is so much transphobia and gender bigotry within all our communities. However, I firmly believe that we must be supportive and accepting of those on the front lines of the gender identity struggle. They will take our understanding of diversity and freedom to the next level.
Some day, lipstick colour will be the only issue that matters!