The Inside Story


OutSmart, established in 1994, is an independent media company that focuses on delivering local and national news to the LGBTQ audience. Serving Houston’s LGBTQ community, OutSmart’s mission is to educate and inspire the community, advance voices, visibility and representation, and interests, and connect readers to valuable services and resources of our community.

OutSmart’s print magazine is published monthly, while the online web portal features daily news and weekly features reaching over 200,000 readers each month. OutSmart‘s loyal fan base spans from Houston to Los Angeles and has an international following in countries such as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, and more.

Committed to providing accessible journalism for everyone in the LGBTQ community, OutSmart continues to be a free publication without any paywalls on its content. As an independent media company, we believe that everyone should have access to accurate and reliable information about issues important to the LGBTQ community. OutSmart can be found at over 350 locations in Houston and the surrounding areas, emphasizing the importance of the LGBTQ press in creating equality and accessible journalism in fostering an informed community and a fair democracy.

To get your free copy of OutSmart, visit one of our 350+ locations in and around Houston or subscribe here. To get your free digital subscription and get monthly magazine content sent directly to your inbox! Subscribe here.

Award-winning journalism
OutSmart has been recognized at local and national levels, receiving accolades such as “Nation’s Best Local Magazine” by the Vice Versa Gay Press Awards and being named “Best Local Publication in Houston” by the Houston Press for four consecutive years (2006-2009). Other awards include:

  • Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards
    Second Place Magazine Column 2018 Awards
    Second Place Magazine Article 2018 Awards
    Second Place Magazine Layout 2018 Awards
    Second Place Magazine Layout 2008 Awards
    Second Place Magazine Layout 2001 Awards
    Third Place Magazine Article 2009 Awards
  • 65th Diana Foundation—Community Supporter 2018 Award
  • Pride in Business Awards—Community Legacy 2021 Award








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