B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

  • by Cynthia Laird, News Editor
  • Monday September 25, 2023
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B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

It's time for Bay Area Reporter readers to cast their ballots for the LGBTQ newspaper's annual Best of the Bay contest.

Readers can choose their favorite people, places, and things in the Bay Area in several categories. People can vote through midnight October 1.

Categories include Arts and Culture, Community, Nightlife, Nightlife Venues and Events, Dining, Services and Shopping, and Weddings and Destinations.

The best drag queen category includes 34 candidates, including San Francisco drag laureate D'Arcy Drollinger, as well as Peaches Christ, Grace Towers, Holotta Tymes, and Juanita MORE! There is also the drag king category that features 15 contestants such as Alex U. Inn, Fudgie Frottage, and Madd Dogg 20/20.

In the Community category, readers can choose their favorite LGBTQ community center, LGBTQ nonprofits, and LGBTQ fundraiser. New this year is a category for San Francisco's three LGBTQ cultural districts — the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, and the Transgender District.

The Besties issue will be published October 26. Everyone who casts a ballot — either online or mail-in — is eligible to win $500 in a random drawing.

To complete the ballot online, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/besties2023. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes.

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