PGN has traditionally focused its coverage on local news, leaving the more national and international reaching stories to other newspapers. Sometimes, however, there are too many people and actions in all the nooks and crannies of Washington, D.C., threatening our community and PGN cannot stay silent.

In the past few weeks, there has been an amazing number of assaults on — and slaps in the face to — the LGBTQ community nationally. They must not be ignored.

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, first observed as an official federal holiday in 1986.

While most of you will be enjoying a respite from work, you may also want to take some time to reflect on the tolerance and inclusiveness for which Dr. King fought. Maybe even consider taking it a step further. Try to work through your own prejudices. And before you say, “I don’t have prejudices,” understand that everybody is a little bit racist — homophobic and innately biased.

In the years after the Civil War and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment that freed slaves, Congress debated the status of the black population. While freed slaves were not granted the right to vote until the Fifteenth Amendment, they would each be counted as whole people rather than five slaves being counted as three people, as outlined in the Constitution.

Adriana: My resolution for the year is to highlight more stories from underrepresented groups, especially transgender women of color.

Don: I wish everyone to be more happy and peaceful in the coming year.

Joe: I wish that all mankind inherits the gifts of love, friendship, good health and unity of country.

Our choice for news of the year should be no surprise since it has taken more column inches in this paper than any other story. Mazzoni Center seems to have gone from one turmoil to another. That story didn’t start this year, but this year saw continual upheavals, staff changes, resignation of board members and its new executive director quitting.

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