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Update: Gayest & Greatest 2022: Vote For Your Local Favorites Now!

Participate in OutSmart's annual readers' choice awards through August 28.

Greetings awesome OutSmart Magazine readers!
Michael Gurnas (he/him) Operations Manager OutSmart Magazine

As the new Operations Manager here, I’m really excited that one of my first projects is overseeing the 25th edition of the Gayest & Greatest Awards. This year, we’re on track to record the most reader votes ever, so keep voting for your favorites!

If you don’t see someone you think should be on the ballot, it’s not too late to write them in. Every vote counts! And if you see anything wonky on the ballot—like a hair stylist in the Best Auto Mechanic category—I’d really appreciate it if you let me know. You can find me at

OutSmart’s 25th annual Gayest & Greatest Readers’ Choice Awards are now underway, and we need your help spotlighting Houston’s best.  

Now is the time to voice your choice. We’re asking readers to vote for their local LGBTQ and ally favorites in over 200 categories—from the arts, to real estate, and nightlife—now through August 28. 


Your Gayest & Greatest 2022 nominations have been tabulated, and finalists for each of our categories have been identified. We’re now inviting you to select this year’s winners in another round of daily voting. If you don’t see your favorite listed, you can use the write-in field at the bottom of each category and nominate them.

The winners of this year’s Gayest & Greatest awards will be honored with certificates, an award ceremony, and in OutSmart’s October 2022 issue. 

If you’ve been selected as a finalist, you can increase your chances of securing votes by letting your social media followers know that you’re a part of this year’s competition. Download these ready-made social media banners to share on all of your platforms. OutSmart also offers advertising opportunities to help raise your visibility. 

For more information or to participate in the 2022 Gayest & Greatest Readers Choice Awards, go here.

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