As I see it, "Conservatives" (traditional ones, anyway) don't understand why the LGBTQ folks can't be happy with what God gave them*, and therefore view deviance from the norm as a sign of being somehow "broken," or even mentally ill/damaged. Letting those folks have any societal clout would lead to their ideas "infecting" the rest of society, making Conservatives feel like the inmates are being allowed to run the asylum. It's "Who Moved My Cheese?" but on a societal scale, where the more traditionally Conservative you are, the more flummoxed/flatfooted you become when confronted by stuff that does not conform to your carefully cultivated expectations/preconceptions as to how things are supposed to work.But why? Why does it matter if transgendered people have civil rights? What do they lose?
I’ve never understood this part of the conservative mindset.
I solicited Kati's opinion on this as well, and her opinion sounds more in the direction of the lesson of the Harrison Bergeron story, where the reason Conservatives are so dead set against "Fleshly Pleasures" or LGBTQ or personal choice in general or whatever is because when a person elects** to follow the Conservative ideology, they force themselves to sublimate/sacrifice/amputate some deviation of their own in order to fit that mold, like Cinderella's stepsisters trying to fit into the glass slipper. So when they see others proclaiming or even openly embracing whatever deviations from the norm they might espouse but without being rebuked or forced to suffer through the same sort of shame/denial/guilt that they've been putting themselves through all of their lives, well, that makes them upset. "How can those people get away with that sort of shameful behavior?" they cry, not realizing the main reason it is "shameful" is just because that's the opinion they've been self-reinforcing their entire lives. And the reason they feel they have the moral high ground is because they feel they have bought and paid for that position through their lifetime of suffering.
*For many of them, this is a literal belief, a point of Faith.