The Inside Story

Established in 1994, OutSmart is an award-winning independent media ecosystem delivering local and national news to Houston’s LGBTQ audience. OutSmart serves Houston’s LGBTQ community, advancing our voices, visibility, representation and interests while connecting our readers to culturally responsive, high quality services and resources needed to thrive in Houston. Published monthly in print and daily online, we reach 200,000+ readers each month with a loyal fan base spanning from Houston to Los Angeles. The magazine has an international following in Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom, Australia, and various other locations across the globe.

OutSmart Magazine is a public good distributed to 375+ locations at no cost and available with no barriers to access. We believe the LGBTQ press is an essential component of our movement toward equality, and that high-quality, intersectional, representative and accessible journalism is vital in building a critically informed citizenry and a more equitable democracy.

OutSmart has proudly received recognition on both local and national levels. The magazine was voted “Nation’s Best Local Magazine” by the Vice Versa Gay Press Awards and has been named “Best Local Publication in Houston” by the Houston Press for four consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009).

Pick up a free copy of OutSmart at any of our 375+ locations in and around Houston. The magazine is also distributed at select sites in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio.



OutSmart is certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as an LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE).

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OutSmart’s circulation is audited by Verified Audit Circulation Service. OutSmart is the only LGBT monthly magazine in Texas with an audited circulation.


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