Sam Byrd

Sam Byrd

Sam Byrd is a freelance contributor to Outsmart who loves to take in all of Houston’s sights, sounds, food and fun. He also loves helping others to discover Houston’s rich culture. Speaking of Houston, he's never heard a Whitney Houston song he didn't like.
Community News

Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Holocaust Museum Houston

Librarian Joel Bangilan raises awareness about ongoing human rights issues.

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Features

Glamour, Grace, and a Bearded Face

Ms. Mykie mixes old-school glamour with over-the-top camp.

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Arts & Entertainment

COVER STORY: Big. Bold. Beautiful.

Mistress Isabelle Brooks becomes the first Houston queen to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Front Page A&E

The Misfits Marks 30 Years of Service and Community This Weekend

Houston social and philanthropic club The Misfits is celebrating 30 years of service and community to Houston’s LGBTQ organizations and…

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Lifestyle

Lordy, Lordy, Ripcord Turns 40

Priding itself as Houston’s best gay leather bar, Ripcord can morph from a mild-mannered daytime neighborhood bar to a popping…

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WiggingOut

Leading with Love

Angela Mercy has built her entire career around raising charitable funds to support nonprofits throughout the community.

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Community News

A Legal Eagle Fighting for Equality

Phyllis Frye's name has been synonymous with the transgender community’s determination to include the T in LGBTQ.

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Art

Drawn to the Art

The curious machinations of queer artist Mark Ponder’s mind are on full display this month at Bill Arning Exhibitions in…

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WiggingOut

Meet the Heavyweight Champ!

Mistress Isabelle Brooks is the plus-sized diva with a plus-sized attitude to match. And she’s not afraid of a little…

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Gayest & Greatest 2022

Gayest & Greatest 2022: Arts Part I

Christina Wells says, “Dreams aren’t just for the young. Talent is not just for the young. Opportunity is not just…

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