I agree that we may well not be much better off here in the US. There is definitely a backlash and in some areas or with certain demographics our safety doesn't exist. Fortunately there are also many who are much more accepting than ever. I have to look at that bright side. A bit of a Pollyanna ?
Sad to say, this is running about the same as it is here in the U.S. and may not be as bad in a couple of places, but still it is pretty bad overall. Great Britain has about the same stats on H8ers, minus the KKK of course, but the Fundamentalist and Roman Catholic influences are used as the same excuses to just plain hate from what I have heard.
This is very troubling, but given the very negative press and public opinions, hardly surprising. The question is, what, if anything, will be done about it?
Congratulations, get ready for the ride and hold on. I started HRT about 14 months ago at 41. I have loved every minute of my journey thus far. I won't lie, it's a roller coaster. Good luck on your journey and do keep us posted.