OpEd: A Celebration of Us

Norm Kent as he appears on his radio show, The Norm Kent Show.

Who Should Get Person of the Year? First of all, Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. 

sfgn10partyOur readers know that at the end of each year, SFGN acknowledges and applauds achievements in excellence within and for the LGBT community, national figures and local champions.

We do not make our selections based on singular achievements within any calendar year, but rather by saluting accomplishments personally and professionally over a lifetime.

Our choices reward community members whose lives have exhibited grace and dignity, voices and visionaries whose voyages have withstood the test of time.

They have been straight allies like Hillary Clinton and respected journalists such as Anderson Cooper. They could be conservative or liberal, artists or authors, even politicians.

If you have a suggestion for next week’s award winners, send it to me on Facebook in my Norm KENT page, or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Come January, our pages will salute local leaders for 2019. This will be particularly exciting in January, when SFGN celebrates its tenth anniversary—at a party you are all invited to. It will be held on January 15 at Greico Ford in Fort Lauderdale, and we expect over 350 guests. 

Please come. You are invited. We will open the doors, give away some awards, celebrate our successes, acknowledge failures, and maybe sell some cars. I want that recreation of Steve McQueen’s 1969 Mustang from the 50-year-old San Francisco based police detective movie, Buliitt. 

Mc Queen was the best. Like so many of our own friends, he died too young. But after seeing Ford vs Ferrari in the theaters this weekend, I gotta have it. Great movie if you love racing—even if you don’t.

Anyway, to the point of this column. Let’s make this tenth anniversary special. SFGN is a print newspaper surviving, thanks to you, in a digital age. No easy task. We need your support more than ever. Printing, creative, and distribution costs are rising constantly. So let’s celebrate who we all are and what we have achieved together, while we can.

Finally, feel free to email your suggestions for persons of the year, male and female, ally of the year, and youth activist of the year. Many are worthy. A few are special. I want to hear what you have to say.

Get me the suggestions in the next week. Hope to see you January 15, or hear from you on the air any weekday from 3 to 5 p.m. on 1470 AM or wwnnradio.com.

Thanks, and have a special holiday. 

Norm Kent


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