In the 1990s, I was quite active in Winnipeg's GLBTTQ community where I learned and honed some valuable political organizing skills. A long-time gay rights activist with whom I worked had a favourite saying which I heard over and over again. Every time some bigot would shoot off his or her mouth in the media or otherwise commit some ignorant act towards our community, he would smile gleefully and exclaim "Thank God for bigots!"
And he genuinely meant it too. In his view, bigots give our community the greatest (unintentional) gift of all -- a free platform for media attention and political visibility which we can use to counteract their hateful ignorance and advance our own cause. Each instance of bigotry is, in fact, a wonderful opportunity for us to respond in the media with reason and common sense. If not for bigots, how else could we ever hope to have a chance to educate the public on such a large scale?
So in that spirit -- Thank You Bigots for your (continuing) role in advancing equal rights for the GLBTTQ community!