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Here’s your chance to tell us all about your favorites from gay to z.

How to participate:

Nominate your favorite businesses between July 15—July 25.

Your nominations will determine finalists in more than 200 categories.

• Your nominations are saved as you cast them, so you don’t have to fill out the ballot all at one time.
• Don’t see your favorite listed? Use the write-in field at the bottom of each category. You may vote one time per category each day.

Vote for your favorite businesses between July 26—August 30.

After the nominations are tabulated and the finalists in each category are identified, we’ll invite you to select winners in another round of voting. You may vote one time per category each day.

About the Categories:
COVID-19 impacted many local businesses and services. For that reason, OutSmart has added new categories that reflect responses to the pandemic. Our original categories are still in place, so nominate and vote for your favorites with your pre-pandemic experiences in mind.  OutSmart has also updated the People ballot with new awards that specifically honor transgender and non-binary leaders. Trans men and women should still be nominated in our original male and female categories, as these folks have opportunities to win those awards as well. 

If we missed something, be sure to submit your ideas at the bottom of each category.   

If your name is misspelled or appears in the wrong category, send an email to [email protected].

Advertising your Business:

Are you a business owner? Click here for more information on how to encourage your customers to participate. Call 713-520-7237 ext. 711 or email [email protected] for information on enhancing your ballot listing. 

Download Ad Rates sheet here: G&G2020_Ballot

Download Social Media banners here: Social media Banners

Winner of the Favorite LGBTQ Philanthropic Organization will receive OutSmart’s $5000 prize package consisting of cash and an advertising scholarship! All participants who complete the ballot will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift-card package from OutSmart and participating advertisers. 

1. For first time users, click on a category and begin by nominating one of your favorites. Fill in the registration form below your entry. Check your email to activate your registration link. 2. Registered users may cast a new ballot once per day.

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