How does an illness become an identity?

How does an illness become an identity?

“Even in purely nonreligious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty. It is a pathetic little secondary substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life. As such, it deserves no compassion, it deserves no treatment, as minority martyrdom, and it deserves not to be deemed anything but a pernicious sickness.” That’s from Time…