No, I wasn't equating anything, hence the sarcasm tag at the bottom.<quoted text>
Well, we have a beginning.
You are finally equating a sexual defect with a hearing defect.
They have established their own identity and even language that acknowledges the issue. How about homosexuals?
Nor do they demand that others deny that they have a hearing problem. How about the courage to face your problem?
Most have rejected being treated as victims. You could learn the most from that, look at the whine you post...
LGBT people are much more common, comprising at least 5% of the general population. They also lack one critical thing compared to your average physical "defect", social acceptance.
What they want is to be treated with the same dignity as everyone else. They want to be known and respected for what they are, not for what they aren't. The whole concept of having pride parades is so they can feel unashamed of their true selves.
They have developed their own identity and culture, mostly as a result of solidarity against widespread discrimination. They know who they are and they're not the ones making excuses, it's the anti crowd that is: "Oh, you know they can't procreate; they're too feminine/masculine; they were probably missing a mother/father figure etc."
The anti crowd tries to assign LGBT people with all the trappings of a generic physical defect, but when it comes down to it, they act offended rather than compassionate towards them. I don't think people normally get offended by a blind person feeling his way around.
And by the way, just to use the analogy, trying to "convert" LGBT people to act "normally" isn't being compassionate. It would be like telling a blind person to stop relying on his superior senses of hearing or touch to get around, taking away his walking stick, and coercing him to try and "see" as best as he can. Plus, if you were born blind, I doubt you would think of yourself as "defective" compared to other people.
So what explains this seemingly contradictory behavior by the anti-LGBT crowd? It's homophobia, plain and simple. They don't want them to be socially accepted on a wide scale. It's irrational. It's senseless. It's a deep-seated, artificial distrust and/or dislike of people who act or think differently.
The reason that attitudes on this are changing is because unconditional love is natural, while prejudice has to be taught and maintained externally. And hardline social conservatives are screaming because the worldview that's been constructed in their minds--from Galileo, to Copernicus, to Darwin; from abolition to civil rights--is once again being sundered. And deep down, I suspect most of them know they will lose this issue too. The ones that don't are the ones you find at the Flat Earth Society today. So who's the one whining, me or you?