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Established in 1994, OutSmart is an award-winning monthly publication that has delivered local and national news to Houston’s LGBT audience for over 23 years. Published in print and online, we reach 200,000+ readers each month and have a loyal fan base spanning from Houston to Los Angeles. The magazine even has an international following in Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom, Australia, and variou

s other locations across the globe. OutSmart has proudly received recognition on both local and national levels. The magazine was voted “Nation’s Best Local Magazine” by the Vice Versa Gay Press Awards and has been named “Best Local Publication in Houston” by the Houston Press for four consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009). Pick up a free copy of OutSmart at any of our 375+ locations in and around Houston. The magazine is also distributed at select sites in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio.

🌟 Embrace a healthier start to the year with Dry January—a proven strategy for mental and physical well-being. Explore s...
01/08/2024

🌟 Embrace a healthier start to the year with Dry January—a proven strategy for mental and physical well-being. Explore steps to evaluate and plan, anticipate challenges, and celebrate positive changes! 🌈✨

Prioritizing your well-being after the holiday season.

With Mercury retrograde until the ninth, it's a good idea to put those New Year's resolutions on hold for a few more day...
01/06/2024

With Mercury retrograde until the ninth, it's a good idea to put those New Year's resolutions on hold for a few more days! Check out astrologer Lilly Roddy's other insights for the coming month.

Capricorn’s reign begins.

Meet January cover star Andrew Hayes, the entrepreneur behind Body3 Personal Fitness. From a lifelong love for fitness t...
01/05/2024

Meet January cover star Andrew Hayes, the entrepreneur behind Body3 Personal Fitness. From a lifelong love for fitness to creating a supportive community, he shares insights on making exercise a seamless part of life in 2024. 💪

From fitness enthusiast to business owner, Andrew Hayes shapes a supportive gym experience.

🌈 Remembering the vibrant legacy of gay artist Scott Swoveland, whose iconic window paintings at Mary's bar defined Hous...
01/05/2024

🌈 Remembering the vibrant legacy of gay artist Scott Swoveland, whose iconic window paintings at Mary's bar defined Houston's LGBTQ scene in the '90s. His art lives on at Eagle Houston, a beacon of unity. 🎨🕊️

He painted hundreds of art pieces for Mary’s bar throughout the 1990s.

The Q***r Liberation Library (QLL) is an online sanctuary with 2,300+ members, offering hundreds of LGBTQ ebooks and aud...
01/04/2024

The Q***r Liberation Library (QLL) is an online sanctuary with 2,300+ members, offering hundreds of LGBTQ ebooks and audiobooks. Amidst rising book bans, QLL stands as a vital resource for accessible and diverse q***r literature. 🏳️‍🌈📚

The Q***r Liberation Library (QLL, pronounced “quill”) is entirely online. Since launching in October, more than 2,300 members have signed up to browse its free collection of hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks featuring LGBTQ stories, Lundstrom said.

Meet Parris Lewis, a unique force of contradictions: gospel singer turned opera star and  laid-back girl-next-door who t...
01/03/2024

Meet Parris Lewis, a unique force of contradictions: gospel singer turned opera star and laid-back girl-next-door who transforms into pop icon Tina Turner onstage at the Hobby Center. 🌈🎤

Parris Lewis shines in 'TINA – The Tina Turner Musical.'

✨Unveil your cosmic destiny in 2024! Check out Lilly Roddy's exclusive annual horoscope overview, guiding you through th...
01/03/2024

✨Unveil your cosmic destiny in 2024! Check out Lilly Roddy's exclusive annual horoscope overview, guiding you through the celestial wonders that await. ✨

We start the year in Mercury retrograde, so New Year’s resolutions will be delayed.

🌈 Breaking Barriers 🏳️‍⚧️ Harris County appoints two trailblazing trans women, Meghan Fairbanks and Diamond Stylz, to th...
01/02/2024

🌈 Breaking Barriers 🏳️‍⚧️ Harris County appoints two trailblazing trans women, Meghan Fairbanks and Diamond Stylz, to the LGBTQIA+ Commission. Their mission: safeguarding and empowering Houston's LGBTQ community.

Harris County Commissioners Court appoints Fairbanks, Stylz to its LGBTQIA+ Commission.

Houston's LGBTQ community, your vibrant stories illuminated 2023. Grateful for each moment shared. As we embrace 2024, l...
12/31/2023

Houston's LGBTQ community, your vibrant stories illuminated 2023. Grateful for each moment shared. As we embrace 2024, let's keep creating unforgettable chapters together.

Check out our Q***r Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: New Year’s Edition, featuring our weekly roundup of LGBTQ happ...
12/29/2023

Check out our Q***r Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: New Year’s Edition, featuring our weekly roundup of LGBTQ happenings for the beginning of 2024.

Your weekly roundup of LGBTQ happenings.

12/27/2023

Ah, the time-honored tradition of finding the Christmas tree. Whether it's a snowy fool's errand a la Clark Griswold or a bargain acquisition that would make The Old Man proud, securing that fine fir is a holiday rite of passage.

🌟 Celebrate a year of empowerment, love, and LGBTQ excellence with OutSmart's  2023 wrap-up of our most-read stories! Fr...
12/23/2023

🌟 Celebrate a year of empowerment, love, and LGBTQ excellence with OutSmart's 2023 wrap-up of our most-read stories! From inspiring profiles to groundbreaking moments, from stage to screens both large and small, join us in reliving the top stories that shaped our community. 🏳️‍🌈

These are the stories that captured the most attention in 2023.

Warmest wishes from all of us at OutSmart magazine! May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, and cherished moment...
12/22/2023

Warmest wishes from all of us at OutSmart magazine! May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, and cherished moments. Here's to a season of love, unity, and endless possibilities. Happy holidays!

In a groundbreaking decision, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Bryan has ordered Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCB...
12/21/2023

In a groundbreaking decision, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Bryan has ordered Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) to stop excluding gender-affirming care from all of its health plans across the United States.

U.S. District Court ruling applies to all BCBSIL health plans across the country.

🌈 Exciting News! the Montrose Center proudly announces Avery Belyeu as its next CEO. A seasoned LGBTQ advocate, fundrais...
12/19/2023

🌈 Exciting News! the Montrose Center proudly announces Avery Belyeu as its next CEO. A seasoned LGBTQ advocate, fundraiser, and non-profit leader, Belyeu brings passion and expertise to lead one of the nation's premier LGBTQ centers. 🏳️‍⚧️

Avery Belyeu brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role.

Montrose Grace Place exceeded its fundraising goals at the annual Haus of Gingerbread competition, held on December 16. ...
12/19/2023

Montrose Grace Place exceeded its fundraising goals at the annual Haus of Gingerbread competition, held on December 16. The event, which featured drag performances, a raffle, buffet, and bar, raised a total of $27,000. Check out our online photo gallery.

Grace Place, a local non-profit that supports youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, surpassed their fundraising goals at their annual Haus of Gingerbread presented by Francesca’s competition. The event, held on December 16, featured drag performances, a raffle, buffet, and bar. With a ...

Prosecutors in Minneapolis are investigating whether the killing of a transgender woman last month should be charged as ...
12/18/2023

Prosecutors in Minneapolis are investigating whether the killing of a transgender woman last month should be charged as a hate crime, as local activists said the death has amplified safety concerns for some in the city’s transgender community.

Pope Francis formally permitted Roman Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples on Monday, in a significant shift in th...
12/18/2023

Pope Francis formally permitted Roman Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples on Monday, in a significant shift in the church’s approach to LGBTQ+ people.

Pope Francis formally permitted Roman Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples on Monday, in a significant shift in the church’s approach to LGBTQ+ people. The blessings may be carried out providing they are not part of regular Church rituals or liturgies, nor at the same time as a civil union, ...

Certified Financial Planner Grace Yung offers tips for closing the books on 2023 and preparing for a financially strong ...
12/16/2023

Certified Financial Planner Grace Yung offers tips for closing the books on 2023 and preparing for a financially strong start to the new year.

What to do by the end of the year to keep your finances on track for 2024.

TONIGHT! Join OutSmart and Theatre Under The Stars for RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at 7:30 p.m.  LGBTQ musical th...
12/14/2023

TONIGHT! Join OutSmart and Theatre Under The Stars for RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at 7:30 p.m. LGBTQ musical theater fans (and friends) are invited to a very special night during the run of each show, Out@TUTS! After the curtain goes down, the party continues with free bites, drink specials and live music, hosted by the Broadway Beauty of Texas, Regina Thorne-DuBois! https://www.tuts.com/tickets/outtuts

What to get for the book lover on your gift list? Read on for our annual roundup of suggestions for q***r literary maste...
12/14/2023

What to get for the book lover on your gift list? Read on for our annual roundup of suggestions for q***r literary masterpieces, both vintage and newly-released.

Book ‘em this season with these LGBTQ delights.

Chris Simental-Vargas was born with a condition called spina bifida, which left him wheelchair-bound since he was a baby...
12/13/2023

Chris Simental-Vargas was born with a condition called spina bifida, which left him wheelchair-bound since he was a baby. Read about his inspiring work as a disability advocate and the Pride Festival he transformed.

Chris Simental-Vargas advocates for equal opportunities in the disabled community.

Meet Mell Gamboa, the creative force behind Pride Threads! From a pandemic pastime to a thriving business, Mell crafts L...
12/12/2023

Meet Mell Gamboa, the creative force behind Pride Threads! From a pandemic pastime to a thriving business, Mell crafts LGBTQ-friendly apparel that goes beyond Pride Month.

Mell Gamboa’s journey in crafting Pride Threads.

Step into a world where 'The Office' meets 'Project Runway' in Theatre Under The Stars' uproarious new musical, The Ugly...
12/08/2023

Step into a world where 'The Office' meets 'Project Runway' in Theatre Under The Stars' uproarious new musical, The Ugly Xmas Sweater Musical. Join the festive fun and celebrate the holidays with laughter and creativity – you might even become part of the show!

Dan Knechtges’ The Ugly Xmas Sweater Musical brings holiday cheer at the Hobby Center.

There are still a few tickets available for tonight's Pride Night show!
12/07/2023

There are still a few tickets available for tonight's Pride Night show!

Pride Night is TONIGHT! 6:45pm before the 7:30pm performance of GEORGIANA AND KITTY: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY! Pre-show happy hour & special entertainment + post-show Karaoke Cabaret with fabulous actors Scott Clark, Amanda Parker, and Tamara Siler! There are 5 seats left (2 pairs and a single). A few opened up. Go get 'em! And special thanks and a big shout out to our awesome media sponsor, OutSmart Magazine !!

https://mainstreettheater.com/georgiana-and-kitty/

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