About Magazine celebrated the best of gay Houston on Monday, toasting the winners of its annual F.A.C.E. Awards at Neon Boots.
More than 4,300 votes were cast for the third annual event, which honors “first achievers in community excellence” across scores of categories to award gay Houston's best in drag, entertainers, business, non-profits and community service.
Singer Wendy Taylor and Mix 96.5 FM host Chad Pitt (top photo) hosted the event, which also featured a long list of entertainers including singer Curtis Braly and drag queens London Adour, Aria Crawford, Kourtney Paige Wan Wales, Violet S'Arbieu, Athena Campbell, Adeciya Iman and Alexis Nicole Whitney.
Adour won Best Upcoming Performer of the Year.
The evening also included appearances by state Rep. Sylvester Turner, former Houston City Council member Jolanda Jones, longtime LGBT activist Ray Hill – named Male Community Hero & Activist – and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who marched in his first Houston Pride parade in June.
Joey Guerra, music and pop culture writer for the Houston Chronicle, won Journalist of the Year. He gave a rundown of the event and a partial list of winners, including:
Partial winners list:
- Male DJ and lifetime achievement: Chris Allen
- Drag queen: LaWanda Jackson
- Upcoming drag performer: London Adour
- Male entertainer: Curtis Braly
- Female entertainer: Morena Roas
- Female DJ: DJ Melle Mel
- Businessman: Grey Stephens (Crocker Bar)
- Businesswoman: Julie Mabry (Pearl Bar)
- Club manager: Jon Tice (Charles Armstrong Investments)
- LGBT radio/TV personality: Chad Pitt
- Karaoke host: Kara Dion
- Hair stylist: Eric Vaughn
- Theatre: TUTS
- Restaurant: Baba Yega’s
- Male community hero and activist: Ray Hill
- Transgender community hero: Jennifer Poole
- Male bartender: Chris Tyer (F Bar)
- Female bartender: Crystal Murley (Meteor)
- Photographer: Paul Strickland
- Videographer: Rich Lux
- LGBT event: Bunnies on the Bayou
Photos by Rob Martinez Photography