Shout Out to the Queer Best of Austin Winners

Qmmunity is so proud of you!

Hopefully by now you’ve realized our 2018 "Best of Austin" issue is out – on stands and online now! It’s safe to say, "Best Of" is my favorite issue The Austin Chronicle team puts out each year. (And a huge round of applause to our Editor-in-Chief and "BOA" editor Kim Jones for doing such a bang-up job on this one!)

Louisianna Purchase reigns (Photo by Devaki Knowles)

But as the paper’s Qmmunity editor, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I’m extra excited to see so many queer winners this year – in both the Readers Poll and Critics Picks! We all know Austin’s queer community is brimming with talented, creative, and awe-inspiring folks, but it's always rad to see them get noticed! So, we’d like to give a big round of applause to all the queer’d winners in this year's "BOA"! (And to everyone who voted for me – thank you, it really does make the hard work worth it!)

Best Graphic Artist: Lauren Dickens

Best Theatre Director: Lisa Scheps

DJ GirlFriend (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Best Drag Performer: Louisianna Purchase

Best DJ: GirlFriend ATX

Best Bar for Singles, Intimate Live Music Venue, and LGBTQ Bar: Cheer Up Charlies

Best Nightlife Wildcard: Lesbian Wedding

Best Journalist: Sarah Marloff

Best Mani/Pedi: Cute Nail Studio

There's always cake at Lesbian Wedding

Best Hotel/Motel: Hotel San José

Best Psychic/Tarot: Sister Temperance Tarot

Best Adult Store: Forbidden Fruit

Best Personal Trainer: Erica Nix (Transform Fitness)

Best Champions for Austin’s Blaqueers/QPOC Community: Austin Black Pride

Best Boundary-Pushing Fest: Contrast Film Festival

Best Advocate for Queer Youth: Kathryn Gonzales

Most Gender-Diverse Meetup: TGQ Social

Best Creative Nightlife: Fuego

Kathryn Gonzales (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Best Statement Underwear: Package Menswear

And, if you want to celebrate with the winners, snag tickets to our "Best of Austin" party, Thu., Nov. 8, 6-9pm, at the Mohawk. $10-15.

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