First off, I appreciate that the author has supported thousands of trans people (I am a transman) across the years--that sort of work is vital and laudable.
However, I strongly disagree with the assimilation approach used similarly by the marraige equality movement: "We’ve had a pretty good run in terms of mainstream media depictions of trans people over the past few years, focusing the kind of friendly, non-threatening, assimilated people that many non-trans people can support: “Why, they’re a lot like us!” Many activists have spent their lives getting trans people to this place, including yours truly, and revelations like Manning’s have the potential to derail that progress among people inhabiting the vast middle ground between complete condemnation and full support."
We've had years as a trans movement to prepare for this, nearly since the trial started, and I think it is due to LGBT groups not embracing social justice fully that it has faltered. By that I mean, most LGBT groups have not lauded the important revelations about our horrid foreign policy that Manning brought to light, and instead distanced themselves from Manning, like San Francisco pride did. This is the beginning of the issue, and is directly tied to the assimilationist approach of these organizations.
We're trans and queer people! We're a diverse bunch! It's great! We should celebrate that instead of putting forth our most normative folks as representatives of our whole community. When we do that, we set up boundaries of who society will accept as ok--only those people who actively seek to blend in.
I spend a solid chunk of my time supporting trans prisoners, by trying to connect them with penpals, editing and mailing out a monthly newspaper, writing them. I think instead of an unwanted reaction, it is very useful for the thousands of transwomen and transmen practically being tortured behind bars to have a light shown on their plight.
So, in closing, instead of an annoying diversion from the normative path towards assimilation and rights for the few, I think Manning's revelation is the kick-in-the-butt that lazy and apathetic LGBT orgs have needed. They're only representing a slim portion of our community, and they need to get in shape.