I'm guessing that there have been many transgender folks who have struggled with this dilemma at some point: they're mistreated because of who they are, they subsequently want to do something about it, but then they ultimately decide against it because the stakes are too high.
It seems that trans people -- particularly those who are in the early stages of their transition process -- face added challenges in stepping up on behalf of their rights. Between pricey surgeries (for those of us who choose to go that route), long-term prescription medication and other transition-related expenses, it's tough to stick one's neck out when one is lucky enough to have a job.
The same applies for trans people who are out of work. How many employers are interested in hiring or retaining an outspoken trans activist? Judging by what I hear from people who have experienced this type of situation, they're avoided like the plague.
I realize that every activist takes risks -- whether the person is trans or not. But like I said, it seems like it can be a little more intimidating in the face of numerous expenses. And the financial obstacles are in addition to the stigma that some trans people may fear due to the attention that speaking out might draw. Not all of us want the world at large to know we are trans.
Thing is, trans individuals are treated so badly that it can force even the most frightened among us into activism. Such is the sway of the stakes of our equality, I guess. Or lack thereof.