What population do Gay and Lesbian issues affect?
I would make the argument that the issues Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered individuals face have a larger impact on all society. No better example of this is present in the Supreme Court's deliberation this week of gay marriage. Whether or not the current law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the Defense of Marriage Act, is constitutional is an issue that has repercussions for all of society. Indeed, one could say that the case is a "gay and lesbian issue." Yet, how American society conceives of marriage is a larger issue that encompasses all Americans.
At its core, the issues that Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered individuals face are ones that all of society must also address. The inclusion of people of color and women into the national dialogue was similar in that all of society was impacted. Their "issues" impacted everyone. Anytime voices are sought to be included in a larger dialogue, it impacts everyone. There has to be a social, political, legal examination of such issues that end up impacting everyone. This week's discussion of marriage equality is one such instance. While a portion of this impact is felt in the Gay and Lesbian community, its larger reverberation is within all of society because it has the potential to transform our own form of thinking about previously held construction.