chownah wrote: If society by and large just accepted these people as being ok and just simply what they are then alot of people might not even feel the need for possibly risky medical interventions....
But why should society accept these people as being okay? On the grounds of what?
Can you sketch out the ethical and philosophical framework necessary that society at large would need to have in order to accept LGBT people?
It seems to me that society at large would have to change dramatically to accept LGBT people as being okay; the change would need to be so dramatic as to be practically impossible.
Whether or not LGTB people are suffering from a mental illness, or whether or not being LGTB is just nebulously caused by being "not ok", is an irrelevant concern because LGTB individuals deserve the same basic respect and dignity as the rest of us.
No one advocates for discrimination against people with learning disabilities or autism. If LGTB orientation is a mental illness, or is in any way an inferior existence, or is caused by any variation of simply "not being ok", it would be applying a horrible double-standard to advocate discrimination.
LGTB peoples' lives cause no harm or damage to others or societies.
Like this is the uncreated, like this is that which is difficult to realize, with no moving, no bending, no dying. Utterly lacking secretions and smothered in the dark, it is the island shore. Where there is ferrying, it is the crossing. It is dependency's ceasing, it is the end of circulating transmissions. It is the exhaustion of the flame, it is the ending of the burning. Flowing openly, pure and cool, with secret subtlety, and calm occultation, lacking ailment, lacking owning, nirvāṇa.
Asaṁskṛtadharmasūtra, Sermon on the Uncreated Phenomenon, T99.224b7, Saṁyuktāgama 890