Twenty-six issues. Twenty-six covers. From local leaders to beautiful shots from local photographers, it’s our readers’ chance to pick their favorite Cover of the Year.
So comes the end of the year. Families and friends will gather around dinner tables, Christmas trees. Friends will grab drinks and chat about old times. It’s a warm season full of memory. As we each look back on the past year, qnotes’ features in our last print issue of 2012 recaps of the year’s top politics and community stories. Additionally, we give thanks and recognition to our 2012 People of the Year.
As the dates on the calendar count slowly down to the end of each year, staff members here at qnotes spend weeks mulling over the past 12 months’ news stories and the movers and shakers who made them. At the end of the year, we choose one LGBT person who has shown outstanding leadership or courage, a person who has inspired others to change and progressive, forward movement or a person who has positively impacted the lives of others.
For many, 2012 was a landmark year. It was full of activism and advocacy. Community organizations grew and changed. North Carolinians banded together in the face of an anti-LGBT amendment. The community grew closer and stronger. The amendment, by far, will rank atop any imaginable list of the major stories of the year, as it does here. But, there were certainly other noteworthy happenings over the past 12 months. Good or bad or otherwise, these moments are the hallmarks of this year’s LGBT history.
This year marked a time of change, innovation, trials and hope. But, what was the most memorable moment of 2012? A great place to look is online searches, as they mark the people, places and events that mattered most in a given year.
Great power comes with great responsibility. And, so it is with the American people, who have been since the time of our founding entrusted with the rarest form of responsibility in all of human history: Self-governance.
Whether one is celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas in the United States, there is one image that is front and center: the family. On Facebook, friends who celebrate Hanukkah downloaded several images of their children with their respective grandparents around a lighted menorah.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time, crimes directed against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation are the second most frequent hate crime committed after crimes based on race, according to the 2011 hate crimes statistics released Dec. 10 by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Surpassing crimes committed on the basis on religion, the number of reported hate crimes committed against gay men and lesbians increased from 1,277 in 2010 to 1,293 in 2011.