It is perhaps a subtle point, but what troubles me most about the people who ignorantly conflate “gay” and “paedophile” isn’t so much the obvious homophobia of it, as the implication that raping children is somehow an extension of, or a warped expression of normal sexuality*.
As if raping a child is similar to having sex with a consenting adult.
Nobody rapes girls because they want to fuck women. They rape girls because they like raping girls.
And the same goes for people who rape boys.
Wanting to have normal gay sex with men has nothing whatsoever to do with the very specific desire to rape boys.
The people who rape adult men or women don’t do it because they want to have sex with adult men or women. They do it because they want to rape adult men or women. Because having power over someone, specifically doing something against that person’s will, is what gets them off. Rape isn’t about wanting to have sex. It’s about actively wanting to rape.
* Hint: being gay is as normal as being straight.