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Sink Your Teeth into OutSmart’s Gayest & Greatest

By Steven Foster

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Since Bram Stoker first hit coffin-covering paydirt over a hundred years ago, vampires have never lost their doomed, immortal appeal. But lately the hemoglobin-gobbling ciphers have never been hotter—or sexier. Gay Oscar-winner and hit-maker Alan Ball returns to his Six Feet Under home HBO to grant the cable net some desperately needed (after)life with the very adult, Southern-sultry-scary True Blood. Soon, Mormon housewife-turned-new-J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer will see her bestselling series of Twilight novels transformed into the next big film franchise, giving the teen set their Type A fix. Even here! TV’s gay pornstar-studded The Lair is back for another season (for better or worse). In keeping with the vamp-in-vogue zeitgeist, OutSmart concocted a little Draculine confection of our own to celebrate the 12th annual Gayest & Greatest Readers’ Choice issue. First, we seduced two of H-town’s hottest actors into getting in touch with their dark side. Houston stage vet Shelley Calene-Black bared her alabaster jugular for new Alley Theatre ingénue, a fang-baring Emily Neves. Then we turned to in-demand fashion fotog John Conroy, who shot the Sapphic bloodsuckers in between hopping planes for gigs in Miami and Chicago. After a little help from makeup artist extraordinaire Marc Harvey, and the magic of visual artist/dentist Andy Orjuela, the glamorously ghoulish cover was laid to rest, and is now resurrected in your eager clutches. As we’ve done for over a decade, OutSmart turned to you, our readers, to find out who you love, what you like, and where you go. And this year, the process went green. We favored electronic voting on the web, limiting conventional paper ballots to a select few evenings, making them available only at ballot parties at various clubs and restaurants around Houston, Clear Lake, and Galveston. Since thousands of you told us who you thought were the Gayest and the Greatest in Space City and beyond, we thought it fitting that some of your favorites share a few of their personal raves with you—from who does their hair, and where they furnish their lair, to who shakes up their most bloody Mary. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we even asked our celebrity-studded winners a few spooky questions. So pour a glass of your favorite crimson cocktail, curl up with someone you love, and sink your teeth into our most wicked Gayest & Greatest issue ever.

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Gayest & Greatest SPOTLIGHTS

Todd Gresley — Best Male Local Entertainer

Dominique Sachse — Best Female TV Personality

Russel Garrison, Loyd Russel Homes— Best Home Builder

Bruce Banes,Bonaparte Antiques — Best Antique Store

Fiona Dawson — Leading Female Fundraiser

Sean Carter— Leading Male Fundraiser

Marsha Carlton— Best Local Female Entertainer

Danielle Sampey, Lazarus House — Best Personal Trainer

Special K— Favorite Male, Radio Personality

Fred Walters, Houston Buyers Club — Best Place to buy Nutritional Supplements

Grace Yung — Best Local Financial Advisor, Runner-up

Karen Derr, Karen Derr Realty — Best Female Real Estate Agent

Jeff Wallace — Most Valuable Male Volunteer

Rick Dickson — Best Local Financial Advisor

Frank Billingsley — Favorite Male TV Personality

Israel Rabago — Bud Light Favorite Beer

Brad Odom, Salud! Winery — Best Wine Bar

Stephanie Purnell, Electric Chair — Best Tattoo Parlor

Michael Kritikos, Olympia Grill — Best Greek, Galveston

Angela Brown, Mod Coffee & Tea House — Best Coffee House, Galveston

Steve Rennick, Mosquito Café — Best Lunch, Galveston

John Nagy, Sand Dollar Autoplex — Best Auto Dealership, Galveston

Todd Slaugher, The Barking Frog — Best Furniture Store, Galveston

Rodney Seilers, 3rd Coast Beach Bar— Best Dance club, Best Drag Show, Best Place to Shoot Pool, Galveston

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Todd Gresley — Best Male Local Entertainer

Todd Gresley
Best Local Entertainer — Male
So where do you go to get your groove on? I go a lot of places. Guava, of course. I hang out in the Gayborhood. Club Crystal. After a night of dancing, Where do you go to have a bite? I don’t eat after ten o’clock. But I do love Tapatia. What’s your favorite indulgent eatery? Brenner’s on the Bayou. I love it there. I saw my first alligator there the other day! Speaking of scary, what’s your favorite horror movie? I’m a sci-fi guy. Pan’s Labyrinth is in my top ten of all time. Dressing up for Halloween? Always. I’m going to be Halloweening with Lady Bunny. She’s coming in for Guava Lamp. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? [laughs] It depends. I’m both. I have some pretty sharp teeth. It just depends on my mood, I think. Dominique Sachse Best Female TV personality Newsfolk have a history of being great drinkers. Where’s your favorite place to have a cocktail? I don’t drink alcohol. To me, a Diet Coke is great. And I can get that anywhere. You always look so good on the air. What’s your favorite clothing store? Ooh, I don’t have a favorite. But I am the queen of discount shopping. I’ll go to Loehmann’s, Syms, OFF5th. And Neiman’s when it’s Last Call. I have to wear so much for what I do, I want more bang for the buck. Who’s your favorite hairdresser? Tara Stevens! What’s your favorite horror movie? Oh, my gosh. It’s been so long since I’ve seen one! However, in college, I did go to one of those local haunted houses. It was a Saturday night and I was dressed in a skirt and heels. I got so scared, I ran down stairs and I ate it. You have a little one. Is he dressing up for Halloween? Yes, and we’re debating on what that’s going to be. He’s crazy about Marty the Zebra from Madagascar. So I think I’m going to dress him up as a zebra. And you? I’m gonna go as a news anchor.

Dominique
Dominique Sachse — Best Female TV Personality

Russel Garrison
Loyd Russel Homes
Best Home Builder
You’re a home builder. Where do you find things to dress it up? Cantoni. Who dresses you up? You’re talkin’ to the wrong person here. You don’t understand. People make fun of my clothing. [Pause] Oh, I don’t know. Foley’s! Home away from home? B&B’s. We have a cottage in Maine where we stay. Favorite horror movie? I like the Friday the 13th movies. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I don’t dress up for Halloween. It’s a wardrobe thing. Bruce Banes Bonaparte Antiques Best Antique Store Let’s say you’re not shopping for antiques. Where do you go? If it’s contemporary, I like Cantoni. If it’s utilitarian, usually it’s Crate & Barrel. Where do you get your music? Usually Borders. But I buy a lot online. What are you listening to right now? With a big smile I say Mamma Mia . It’s happy. Favorite home away from home? The Dauphine Orleans in New Orleans is off the beaten path and has a tremendous amount of city charm. Some of their rooms are actually old cottages. Who’s your favorite interior designer? Bill Stubbs. Favorite vampire—Dracula or Lestat? That would have to be Lestat—who I really hope stops by this year. Dressing up for Halloween? Yes, but I don’t have any idea what I’m going as yet.

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Fiona Dawson — Leading Female Fundraiser

Fiona Dawson
Leading Female Fundraiser
You raise so much for so many. Where do you spend your money on…furniture? I like to find bargains at Bering Church’s resale. And Ikea. Clothes? I have a friend who designs fabulous dresses. Clint Cedillo. When he’s busy, Taxi Taxi. You get the best jeans there. Fabulous dinner out? When it’s very expensive, it’s comped. Fundraising can be stressful. What’s your favorite drink to unwind? Apple Martini. On an everyday basis, it’s red wine. Where do you drink it? If I lived in England, I’d go to my local pub. The equivalent here is Guava. Favorite vampire—Dracula, Lestat, or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Can’t I just say Buffy? What’s your favorite horror movie? Dumb and Dumber! Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? Definitely. Usually for the past few years I was a pirate wench. But last year I was Catwoman. This year, I’m going to leave it as a surprise. Speaking of scary times, we’re talking just as the hurricane’s coming. What are you doing as we speak? Right now I’m hunkering down with my best friends Scott and Karl from HRC in Washington. What are your Ike supplies? A fridge full of Rolling Rock Lite.

Sean Carter
Leading Male Fundraiser
You raise some serious cash. Where do you spend your own hard-earned green on, say, clothing? JoS A. Bank. Banks. I’m boring. What about groceries? Signature Kroger on West Gray. Because it’s fabulous. It has everything. Dining out? I’m a sushi lover. Miyako. But what if you wanna pinch pennies on dinner. Where do you go? I don’t really pinch pennies on dinner. What’s your poison? Sapphire and tonic. Do you have a favorite horror movie? I’d have to say the Saw series. Because they’re disgusting and you can’t stop watching it. Best vampire—Dracula, Lestat, or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Lestat. Definitely Lestat. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I’m sure I will. Some diva goddess. I haven’t decided yet.

Marsha Carlton
Best Local Female Entertainer
You look fabulous. What spa keeps you that way? Our Lady of Miss Clairol. Where does a gorgeous diva like yourself get her groceries? You know I don’t live in the loop, don’t you? But I’ll say Kroger. They get the majority of my food dollars. Let’s do brunch. Where do we go? Terlingua Border Café on Studemont. Do you have a sweet tooth? Oh, yes. It can be resolved by a quick visit to Hollywood with a view of their pastry carousel. Favorite horror movie? Ooh. Phantom of The Paradise ! Does that age me? Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? Oh, I’m the biter! Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? Yes, I am. I’m going as a mother in-law. What could be more terrifying than that? Danielle Sampey Lazarus House Best Personal Trainer As a trainer, you must have a favorite masseuse. Who? That’s a tough question. It depends on what you’re looking for. David Crawford has great hands for deep tissue and sports massage. Where do you go to get your supplements to keep in great shape? Houston Buyers Club. No other place. Favorite grocery store? Kroger’s. But you must go somewhere to indulge occassionally. You mean like the Chocolate Bar indulgence? That’s my only one. Favorite horror movie? The one that terrifies me the most is 28 Days Later. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? I’m always the biter. Darnit! Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? I’m sure I am. We have a Halloween party at Lazarus House. People are getting tired of my dominatrix costume because that’s my Monday through Friday uniform. Lazarus

Special K
Favorite Male Radio Personality
You have to get up really early in the morning. What wakes you up from the dead of night? Knowing that I can take a nap by noon. Oh, I do get free Red Bull at KRBE! And I gotta give a shout out to the Kolache Factory. Where’s your favorite place to have a cocktail? Guava Lamp. And hands down, Alamo Drafthouse is one of my favorite places. And downtown, it’s Flying Saucer. What’s your poison of choice? Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. I know it sounds crazy, but they have it on draft at The Flying Saucer. KRBE plays a lot of dance music. Where do you shake your groove thing? [groans] Oh, man. I play for other people to shake their groove thing. I don’t it shake it very much. Favorite clothing store? Buffalo Exchange. Horror movie? Old school, Pet Sematary. New school, I Am Legend. Dracula or Lestat or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Hmm…I’m familiar with The Hunger, but I can’t get a visual on it. Nosferatu was pretty scary. Dressing up for Halloween? Yes! I’m going to take the Renaissance Festival to a whole new level. There’s going to be a collar involved. And leeches.

Fred Walters
Houston Buyers Club
Best Place to buy Nutritional Supplements
You’re all about health and longevity. What’s your guilty pleasure? I have a couple, actually. Pecan pie. And any chocolate from The Chocolate Bar. Who gives the best haircut? Henry at Henry’s on Richmond. Or David Tritico. Where do you work out? Lazarus House with Danielle Sampey. The attention is overwhelming, and there’s great follow-thru on form. And they call you if you don’t show up. They’re worse than the FBI. What about your favorite grocery store? I’d have to say it’s Whole Foods. Favorite horror movie? I don’t like horror movies. They scare me. I don’t like any of them. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? Oh, my god. It depends on what mood I’m in.

Grace Yung
Best Local Financial Advisor Runner-up
Advise us: Where’s the best restaurant to splurge? I’m so boring. I go to the same old places. Ooh! Striphouse! Fabulous steaks. And I love the name. What about cheap eats? Barnaby’s on Shepherd or West Gray. I don’t know why I don’t go to the one on Fairview, but I never do. With this economy, you must need a drink. What’s your poison? Usually I go for the really strong stuff. Club soda with lime. Favorite horror movie? I don’t watch horror movies. I’m so afraid of my own shadow. Dressing up for Halloween? Probably. Either a pirate or the Kate Beckinsale character in Van Helsing. I have the wig and the bustier. Everything.

Karen Derr
Karen Derr Realty
Best Female Real Estate Agent
You’re a real estate agent. You must know the best place to furnish a house. I like Eclectic Home in the Heights. For Oriental furniture, I like Windwater Gallery. And I like the back room at the Bassett Furniture on Highway 6. What about landscaping? Gardening? I have people that do that. Kind of a rough real estate market as of late. Where do you go to get a good stiff drink? Okay, that’s a good one. I like the bar—and everybody who knows me knows this—the bar at The Glass Wall on Studewood. Where’s your favorite home away from home? I stay a lot in the historic district in Galveston. East end. Favorite horror movie? It’s not a monster movie, but my favorite horror movie is Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Who’s the sexiest vampire? Dracula, Lestat, or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Dracula. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I usually do dress up. I always make my own costume. And it never has a theme.

Jeff Wallace
Most Valuable Male Volunteer
Volunteering is hard work. Who gives the best backrub? My husband. Or if he’s busy, Tom Zeppelin. What about vitamins or nutrition? How do you keep up your strength? The GNC Store. Vampires like blood. What libation do you thirst for? Vodka. Grey Goose. Favorite horror movie? Actually, I like the Hostel series. Are you dressing up for Halloween? No, I’ll be carrying the fabulous diva’s [Sean Carter’s] bag.

Rick Dickson
Best Local Financial Advisor
So tell us, where’s the best bang for your buck, restaurant-wise? Me and my roommate, our favorite restaurant is BB’s. We love it. We eat there a lot. What about if money’s no object? I like Vincent’s. With this economy, you must need a drink. What’s your poison? Michelob Ultra. So where do you like to have this cocktail? Meteor. So who’s scarier—Henry Paulson or Ben Bernanke? Paulson. Are you dressing up for Halloween? Haven’t decided yet. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter? Or the bitee? The biter!

Frank Billingsley
Favorite Male TV Personality
The hurricane kept you pretty busy. You probably needed a lotta coffee to keep up. Where’s your favorite java spot? My kitchen. I like weak coffee. And I like it warm, not hot strong. I’m a real wimp when it comes to coffee. What about when you need a good stiff drink? Mykinos closed down, so I’ll go with my bar, which is next to my kitchen. Poison of choice? Ketel One and tonic. You’re a snappy dresser. Where do you get your threads? Hahahaha. That’s funny. You mean play clothes or business clothes? Biz clothes come from JoS. A. Bank. Play clothes from Armani. Make of that what you will. Congrats on winning again. Where will you go for your celebratory dinner? Hopefully somewhere in Galveston. What’s the best spot for cheap eats? Probably Barnaby’s. Although is that cheap anymore? What’s your favorite horror movie? I remember being scared of the monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? I guess I would be the biter. I’ve worked too hard on this face to be bitten. Dracula or Lestat or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? I hated The Hunger. I guess from a reading standpoint, I’ll go with Lestat. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I’ll actually be in Manhattan. So I’ll have to.

Israel Rabago
Bud Light
Favorite Beer
Where do you go to have a good burger with your beer? Typically I’m going to Lankford’s a lot lately. Great Mexican food? Bocado’s. What if you want something stronger than beer? If I’m not drinking a Bud Light I’m drinking a Ketel One and Diet Coke. Who’s your favorite male athlete? Oh, man. Biggio! Female athlete? Still Sheryl Swoopes. What’s your favorite horror movie? I just saw Mirrors. Pretty cool. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? I’m the biter. Dracula or Lestat or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? I’ll say Lestat. Are you dressing up for Halloween? Yep. I’m probably going to go as a superhero. I’m into Heroes.

Brad Odom
Salud! Winery
Best Wine Bar
Give us the scoop, wine man. What’s the best cab? I would have to say our own. I like our wine. I’m kinda partial. With all that wine you serve, you have to do something to keep in shape. Where do you get your vitamins? My new favorite place is Houston Buyers Club. What’s your favorite grocery store? I don’t travel far from home. I’d have to say Disco Kroger. What’s your favorite horror movie? Hmm…not a big horror movie fan. The Ring, I guess. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? Hahahaha. I guess the biter. But I like to get bitten too. Dracula or Lestat or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? I’d say Dracula. Are you dressing up for Halloween? Haven’t even decided.

Stephanie Purnell
Electric Chair
Best Tattoo Parlor
What’s your most popular tat? Oh, wow. A lot of spiritual tattoos. A lot of personal tattoos. We get everything from wild and crazy, to simple hearts and butterflies. Where do you splurge? Hard to say now. I don’t really get out much to be true with you. Where’s your favorite place to have a cocktail? The old Meteor.    Vampires love blood. What liquid do you crave? Oooh. Blue Gatorade. Well, let’s mix it up a little. How about a nice Cab? What about a sweet tooth? I’m a meat and potatoes kinda girl. What’s your favorite horror movie? Um, you know, I’d probably say The Shining. Best vampire—Dracula, Lestat, or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? What if you say Nosferatu? Dressing up for Halloween? Only as a cool kid.

Michael Kritikos
Olympia Grill
Best Greek, Galveston
Congrats on the win. What’s in your glass for the toast? Right now I’m having Amstel Light. Greeks are famously great lovers. Where’s the most romantic getaway? Greece, of course. Got a sweet tooth? Hmm…that’s a tough one. I love Coldstone. What’s your favorite horror movie? The original Friday the 13 th. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? I’m the biter. Hahahaha. Dracula or Lestat or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Lestat, of course. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I hope so. I’m going as a hurricane victim.

Angela Brown
Mod Coffee & Tea House
Best Coffee House, Galveston
Let’s say you want something stronger than coffee. Where do you go? Actually, everyone can come to my place for wine and beer. But I can’t drink there. So I walk across the street to Skybar. Poison of choice? Chocolate Martini. Who’s got the best seafood? Saltwater Grill. Where’s the best view on the island? The window of my attorney’s office. What about human scenery? Where’s the best people-watching? Ohhhhhh. Motorcycle Rally anywhere downtown. I think it’ll be the first weekend in November. What’s your favorite horror movie? Oh my gosh! I can’t watch horror movies! Freddy and all that stuff? I’d have to be in therapy. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? Hmm. Oh my gosh, you give me the hardest questions! I’m gonna say I am the biter. I am a woman in control. Dracula or Lestat or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Bela Lugosi. He was kinda cute. Dressing up for Halloween? I think we should all go in our hazmat suits like Ghostbusters and clean up after Hurricane Ike.

Steve Rennick
Mosquito Café
Best Lunch, Galveston
With the storm, you must need a drink. What’s your poison? A lot of anything. Actually, I’ve actually been craving some Jack for the last two days. But I can’t find him on the island! Congrats on the win. Where’s your favorite place for lunch? Our place in about two to three months. Dinner? Too many to name! Where’s your favorite Houston bar? Guava Lamp. Got a sweet tooth? Where do you go? We make fabulous desserts at Mosquito. What’s your favorite horror movie? Oh, man. You know what? I’m living through horror right now. I don’t need a movie. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? Hahahahaha! Oh my god…um, I’m a lover. Dressing up for Halloween? I doubt it. I’m lucky to have a pair of shorts and a T-shirt right now.

John Nagy
Sand Dollar Autoplex
Best Auto Dealership, Galveston
Gas prices are a joke. What’s the best set of wheels in this economy? I would say GM’s Cobalt and Toyota’s Prius. Chevy’s HHR gets 32 mpg. Where do you splurge when you’re on the island? Gino’s. Excellent Italian food. Across from Whataburger. Where’s your favorite place to have a cocktail? 3rd Coast Beach Bar. Vampires love blood. What liquid do you crave? Definitely vodka and Diet Coke. What about a sweet tooth? I’m a diabetic, bitch! But I do sneak in ice cream every now and then at Ben & Jerry’s. What’s your favorite horror movie? I guess it’s still The Exorcist. Best vampire—Dracula, Lestat, or Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger ? Lestat. Dressing up for Halloween? If we get our destroyed house in order.

Todd Slaugher
The Barking Frog
Best Furniture Store, Galveston
Let’s say you’re not looking for furniture. You’re looking for clothes. Where do you go? The Galleria. Where do you get your music? Soundwaves on Montrose. What are you listening to right now? “ Disturbia” by Rihanna. Favorite home away from home? South Padre. Who’s your favorite interior designer? John Robinson. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? Biter. Dressing up for Halloween? Yes I will,   but I don’t know what I’ll be yet. Rodney Seilers 3rd Coast Beach Bar Best Dance club, Best Drag Show, Best Place to Shoot Pool, Galveston You should celebrate. What can we buy you? Absolut Pear & soda. Where would you have your celebratory dinner? I love a good steak, so probably Ruth’s Chris. On the island, I’d go to the San Luis Steakhouse. Lotsa shopping on the island. Best furniture store? The Barking Frog. Antiques? Jacque’s on the Strand. Even flooded they look pretty good. Spring break tattoo? I don’t have a tattoo, but if I got one, I’d get something like a seahorse. Spring break hangover breakfast? The Dutch Kettle. We call it the Drunk Kettle. Let’s play vampire. Are you the biter or the bitee? I’m more of a biter. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I will. Ooh, you’re asking me hard questions. I think I’ll go pirate this year.

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Gayest & Greatest PEOPLE

Community Hero (Male)
Dalton DeHart

Runners-up
Ray Hill
Mitchell Katine

Community Hero (Female)
Annise Parker

Runners-up
Fiona Dawson
Kelly McCann

Most Prominent GLBT Male Activist
Ray Hill

Runners-up
Jack Valinski
Jimmy Carper

Most Prominent GLBT Female Activist
Annise Parker

Runners-up
Cristina Martinez
Jenifer Poole

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Most Valuable Volunteer (Male)
Jeff Wallace

Runners-up
Sean Carter
Bryan Hlavinka

Most Valuable Volunteer (Female)
Fiona Dawson

Runners-up
Sonna Alton
Cristina Martinez

Leading Male Fundraiser
Sean Carter

Runners-up
Marc Cohen
Don Gill

Leading Female Fundraiser
Fiona Dawson

Runner-up
Sonna Alton

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Favorite Local Politician (Male)
Bill White, Mayor of Houston

Runners-up
Garnet Coleman, Texas Rep. District 147
Rick Noriega

Favorite Local Politician (Female)
Annise Parker, City Controller

Runners-up
Ellen Cohen, Texas Rep. District 134
Sue Lovell, City Council

Best GLBT Business Person (Male)
Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong Investments
810 Pacific • 713/521-0107
Runners-up
John Frels, Mortgage Associates
Brad Odom, Salud! Winery

Best GLBT Business Person (Female)
Cristina Martinez

Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages
P.O. Box 716 Pearland, TX 77588-0716
281/997-9778
www.rainbowpages.net
Runner-up
Kathy Hubbard, Hubbard Financial

Best Attorney (Male)
Mitchell Katine

Katine & Nechman, L.L.P.
111 North Loop West, Suite # 180 • 713/808-1000 • www.LawKN.com
Runners-up
Phillip Slaughter, Law Office of Phillip Slaughter
Sam (Trey) Yates, III, Law Office of Sam M. (Trey) Yates, III, P.C.

Best Attorney (Female)
Phyllis Randolph Frye

Simoneaux, Frye & Thomason PLLC
2990 Richmond, Suite # 400 • 713/227-1717
www.sftlawfirm.com
Runners-up
Connie Moore and Debbie Hunt,
Moore & Hunt Attorneys

Best Eye Doctor (Male)
Stewart Zuckerbrod, M.D.

5420 Dashwood, Suite 101 •
713/668-9118
Runner-up
Scott Sawyer, M.D.

Best Eye Doctor (Female)
Lisa Woo, O.D.

Eye to Eye
432 W. 19th St. • 713/864-8822
www.eyeheights.com

Best Physician (Male)
Shannon Schrader, M.D.

The Schrader Clinic
4101 Greenbriar, Suite 200 •
713/526-7736
Runners-up
Gordon Crofoot, M.D.
Rod Frazier, M.D.

Best Physician (Female)
Patricia Salvato, M.D.

4126 Southwest Fwy., Suite 1700 • 713/961-7100
Runners-up
Julia Kovacs, M.D.
Sandra Scurria, M.D.

Best Dentist (Male)
Bruce Smith, D.D.S.

1006 Missouri • 713/529-4364
Runners-up
Randy Mitchmore, D.D.S.
Cory Logan, D.D.S.

Best Dentist (Female)
Barbara Johnson, D.D.S.

1355 West Gray • 713/526-2904 • www.riveroaksdentistry.com

Best Chiropractor (Male)
Kenneth Lester, D.C.
Kirby Health & Wellness

3930 Kirby • 713/526-5252
www.kennethlesterdc.com
Runners-up
Art Keller, D.C.
Byron Menard, D.C.

Best Chiropractor (Female)
Darla Thompson, D.C.

House of Chiropractic
10900 Northwest Fwy. • 713/880-1555
www.houseofchiropractic.com
Runners-up
Jackie Doval, D.C.
Melissa Stephens, D.C.

Best Mental Health Therapist,
LCSW/LMSW (Male)

Tony Carroll, LMSW-ACP
1006 Missouri • 713/527-000
www.HoustonTherapist.com
Runner-up
Woodja Flaningan, MS, LPA

Best Mental Health Therapist,
LCSW/LMSW (Female)

Denise O’Doherty, L.M.F.T., L.P.C.
3730 Kirby, Suite 910 • 713/524-9525
Runner-up
Enod Gray, LMSW-ACP, C.Ht. CSAT

Best Mental Health Therapist — Psychiatrist, MD
Daniel R. Garza, MD

2990 Richmond • Suite 428 •
281/610-8190

Best Mental Health Therapist — Psychologist (Male)
David Genac, PhD.

1712 Fairview • 713/899-3769
www.DavidGenac.com
Runner-up
Jeff Vannice, PhD.

Best Mental Health Therapist — Psychologist (Female)
Kristin Anderson, PhD.

9525 Katy Freeway, Suite 200
713/263-0400
www.drkristinanderson.com

Best Massage Therapist (Male)
Tom Zeppelin, L.M.T.
Zeppelin Massage

713/542-0426
www.zeppelinmassage.com
Runners-up
Bryan, R.M.T. at Roman Body
David Tritico, R.M.T.

Best Massage Therapist (Female)
Satya Shepherd

2705 1/2 Bammel Lane
Houston, TX 77098
713/521-2926

Best Personal Trainer (Male)
Chris Sokkol
Crew Health & Fitness

4826 Washington Ave. • 713/802-2739
www.CrewHealthandFitness.com
Runners-up
David Lewis
John Aaron

Best Personal Trainer (Female)
Danielle Sampey
Lazarus House

713/526-5071 •
www.TheLazarusHouse.org
Runners-up
Kimberly Marler
Mary Jean Tiernan

Best Veterinarian (Male)
Kenneth Williams, D.V.M.
Heights Veterinary Clinic, PC

1431 N. Shepherd • 713/869-6644
www.heightsvet.com

Best Veterinarian (Female)
Danielle Rosser, D.V.M.
West Alabama Animal Clinic

2030 W. Alabama • 713/528-0818
Runner-up
Catherine Powell, Montrose Veterinary Clinic

Best Astrologer
Lilly Roddy

713/529-5842 • www.lillycath.com

Best Interior Designer
Mark Wade Brown (tie)

713/299-1303
Todd Slaughter (tie)
The Barking Frog

409/762-3764

Best Insurance Agent (Male)
Rob Schmerler
Rob Schmerler Insurance Agency

6575 W. Loop S., Suite 185 •
713/661-7700
www.schmerleragency.com
Runners-up
Carl Smith
David Lorms

Best Insurance Agent (Female)
Pippa Wiley
Pippa Wiley Insurance

10777 Northwest Fwy., Suite 102
713/957-4297 • www.pippawiley.com
Runner-up
Deb Marshall, Rob Schmerler Insurance Agency

Best Real Estate Agent (Male)
Richard Hill
Keller Williams
The Metropolitan • 550 Post Oak, Suite #350 • 713/980-5111
www.RichardHill.com
Runners-up
Tim Anthony
Mike Copenhaver

Best Real Estate Agent (Female)
Karen Derr
Karen Derr & Associates Realty

1545 Heights Blvd. • 713/862-1600
www.KarenDerr.com
Runners-up
Terre Coffman, Coldwell Banker United
Dana Gray, GrayHomeTeam.com

Best Hairdresser (Male)
David Tritico,
Olympian Therapeutic Massage & Barber

3400 Montrose, Suite #435 • 832/274-3853 • www.BarbaraShopCentral.com
Runners-up
John Rubio
Michael Kemper

Best Hairdresser (Female)
Celina Velazquez
Nu-Cuts

515 Westheimer • 713/524-7858
www.hairsalonhouston.com
Runner-up
Patty Gooch,
Vicki Fraychinaud, “The” Shop

Favorite Community Photographer (Male)
Dalton DeHart
Dalton DeHart Photography

713/622-2202 • www.daltondehart.com
Runners-up
John Conroy, Varsity Productions

Favorite Community Photographer (Female)
Yvonne Feece
Yvonne Feece Photography

832/876-1053 • www.yvonnefeece.com

Favorite Radio Personality (Male)
Special K

KRBE 104.1 FM • www.krbe.com

Favorite Radio Personality (Female)
Roula Christie

KRBE 104.1 FM • www.krbe.com

Best TV Personality (Male)
Frank Billingsley (tie)

KPRC Channel 2 • www.kprc.com
Ernie Manouse (tie)
Houston PBS Channel 8

www.houstonpbs.org

Best TV Personality
(Female)
Dominique Sachse

KPRC Channel 2 • www.kprc.com

Favorite Athlete (Male)
Michael Phelps
Winner of 8 Gold Medals 2008 Olympics

www.MichaelPhelps.com
Runner-up
Brad Ausmus, Houston Astros

Favorite Athlete (Female)
Tina Thompson
Houston Comets

www.wnba.com/comets
Runner-up
Latasha Bryars

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COMMUNITY

Favorite Social Organization
www.epah.org
Runners-up
Bunnies on the Bayou
Bayou City Boys Club

Favorite Philanthropic Organization
Bunnies on the Bayou
www.bunniesonthebayou.org
Runner-up
Bayou City Boys Club

Favorite Community Organization
Bayou City Performing Arts
www.BayouCityPerformingArts.org
Runner-up
AssistHers

Favorite Benefit Event of the Year
Bunnies on the Bayou
www.bunniesonthebayou.org
Runner-up
HRC Dinner
BCBC Jungle

Favorite National GLBT Organization
Human Rights Campaign
www.hrc.org
Runner-up
PFLAG

Favorite Place to Worship
Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church
2025 W. 11th St. • 713/861-9149
www.resurrectionmcc.org
Runner-up
Bering Memorial United Methodist Church

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