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

For the past 25 years, OutSmart has celebrated Houston’s LGBTQ fan favorites with our annual Gayest & Greatest Readers’ Choice Awards. Readers participate in the competition by voting for their top choices in a variety of categories—from people in our community to the arts, to real estate, and nightlife. This year’s winners will be announced in our October 2021 issue.

Nominate your local favorites 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 finalists daily between July 26—August 29.

This stage of the competition garners thousands of participants. • 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.


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. WIN BIG! The 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. 

Advertising Opportunities:

Want to be included on the ballot or boost your visibility? Purchase an enhanced listing. This is a great way to remind voters who you are or to introduce your business. This information appears on the ballot for the duration of the contest. Download Ad Rates sheet here: G&G2021_Ballot Call 713-520-7237 ext. 711 or email for information.

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• Garner more votes by letting your followers know that you’re participating in this year’s competition. Download the ready-made social media banners we created below and share them on all of your platforms. Download Social Media banners here: Social Media Banners  

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