Philosophy is not a subject which should repel us. After all, it deals with the larger concepts of life and what it should or could mean. Whether it's Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Camus or some other thinker, we can draw from their ideas to help us come to our own understanding of what it means to be human.At times life can seem nonsensical but if we attempt to analyze the structures and moral concepts which societies have fashioned, we can sometimes get small glimpses into how humans are wired and why we operate the way we do. We can begin to see patterns in sociological behaviour.
As humans we have a thirst for the meaning of our existence and the development of philosophy as a field of study is proof of it.
Trans issues fall into this area as well because ethical treatment of anyone who is different certainly should form part of philosophical thought.