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

For the past 26 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 2023 issue.

2023 Readers’ Choice timeline:

There are two rounds of voting:

The Nominations round runs from July 15 to July 25, 2023. In this round, you can nominate and vote for your favorites in each category. The top vote-getters move on to the Finalists round of voting.

From July 26 to Aug 28, 2023, voters will select from the finalists to determine the winners of each category. 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.

Winners will be announced in October 2023 in a special edition of OutSmart.

Vote for your favorites daily, now through August 28.



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. You only need to register once to be able to vote in all categories.

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 package! 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

Do you own or manage a business? Click HERE to learn more about promoting your business on the ballot and receive a FREE media kit. The results of our contest will be announced in October. Did you know that OutSmart’s Gayest & Greatest issue is one of the most read issues of the year? It is an outstanding way to reach our readers. For advertising information, call 713-520-7237 or click here for details.

Share Online:

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

Download Nominate Banners (use July 15-July 25) HERE.
Download Vote Banners here (use July 26-Aug. 28) HERE.


Corrections, Errors & Omissions
At OutSmart, we make considerable efforts to ensure ballot accuracy. If you see something we missed or a nomination name or category is incorrect, kindly contact our staff at [email protected]. Your feedback is valued, and we’ll assist you promptly!




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