Speaking of allies: Caryn Kunkle is certainly one.
Two of her friends were brutally attacked by a group of fifteen (!) boys and girls in Center City, Philadelphia. After asking whether the two men were a couple, the young thugs assaulted and robbed them while yelling, "Dirty faggots!"
One of the men was so badly beaten that police thought he was dead from a gunshot wound. Now he and his boyfriend want to make sure no one else has to experience what they did. So does Ms. Kunkle.
She is working with them, and others to change Pennsylvania's hate crime laws, which don't include crimes committed against people primarily because of their sexual orientation. I, of course, have signed the petition. I urge you to do the same.
Of course, there needs to be language to protect people attacked for their actual or perceived gender identity. That's the next step after Kunkle and her friends see the change they're seeking.