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