Vote for Your LGBTQ+ Favorites in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Contest

Creative Loafing

Entertainment website Creative Loafing is hosting its annual Best of the Bay contest, and it’s featuring a number of LGBTQ+ individuals and businesses.

This contest encourages people to vote for their favorites in many areas, broadly described by four categories: “Goods & Services,” “People, Places, Politics,” “Arts & Entertainment,” and “Food & Drink.”

The website states, “It’s time to vote for the tastiest restaurants, the baddest local bands, the politicians who inspire and infuriate you — even for your favorite acupuncturist. Now in its 27th year, Creative Loafing’s Best Of The Bay has long been a local institution, but it’s one that always depends on you.”

In the “Food & Drink” category, LGBTQ-owned restaurants and bars in the contest include Punky’s Bar & Grill, The HONU, Wine Madonna, Stella’s, Salty’s, A Taste for Wine, Dog Bar St. Pete, Anise Global Gastrobar, and several others.

The Massage Spa and belle âme Day Spa & Salon made the list for local spas. Wide Sky, a business that sells t-shirts with a local theme, is in the contest as well.

Several LGBTQ+ musicians and artists made the list, including alternative solo artist Lisa Noe and vocal artist Jennifer Real. The list also features The Cheaters, an all-female rock and pop cover band, and DJ Shannon C.

Project No Labels, an LGBT-focused nonprofit that encourages volunteerism and public service, is also up for an award.

Equality Florida‘s Nadine Smith and OUTCOAST writer and Wordier Than Thou Founder, Tiffany Rizzano, are up for Best Local Activist, among others.

If you’re a fan of any of these people, businesses, or organizations, you can vote for them here on the Creative Loafing website.

Written by Audrey Pitcher

Audrey Pitcher is a Media and Communications Studies major at Ursinus College. Ve is a board member of the Ursinus Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Ve also works as a writing fellow in the Center for Writing and Speaking, where ve helps fellow students improve their writing skills. Audrey was recently featured at Ursinus' Celebration Of Student Achievement for an essay on the mapping of femininity onto gay men in late 20th century theater.

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