You might as well ask "Why is every soldier called a hero now?"Why are you special to be gay and old?
What is so heroic about a man (or woman) who spent their years in the military cooking in the mess hall?
Are they as much a hero as someone who got a bronze star or the Congressional Medal of Honor?
Don't misunderstand me, I have great respect for anyone who joins the military. They are all heroes to some degree. It's just that being called a hero USED TO MEAN you actually DID SOMETHING HEROIC.
These gay seniors are just like the blacks who lived under Jim Crow. They endured decades of discrimination. To me that makes them special.