Read Creative Loafing's entire 2013 Best of Charlotte here
Read Creative Loafing's entire 2013 Best of Charlotte here
Read Creative Loafing’s entire 2013 Best of Charlotte here

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Creative Loafing, the Queen City’s alternative newsweekly, has released the results of its annual Best of Charlotte contest. Local LGBT businesses and groups have racked up quite a few honors, from readers and critics alike.

Readers chose Plaza Midwood, the city’s closest-thing-to-a-gayborhood we have, as “Best Area to Live in Charlotte.” They also chose BethAnn Phetamine as Best Drag Performer, along with Shiprocked, Snug Harbor’s weekly LGBT party, as Best Nightlife Event.” Shiprocked also won critic’s choice for Best Weekly Party.

The Scorpio won both readers’ and critic’s choice for Best Gay/Lesbian Bar. Gay-owned Dish won critic’s choice for “Best Gut-Busting Lunch.”

An individual honor went to Scott Bishop, critic’s choice for Best LGBT Advocate. You can read more about what the paper had to say about Scott here.

Perhaps funnest of all is the staff pick for “Best Display of Sheer Strength in a YouTube Video.” The newspaper chose the viral video of the gay Awards Ball that went all-too-wrong earlier this year. Read that write-up and see the video here.

You can read what Creative Loafing staff had to say about each of these picks and see other honors — like the Latin American Coalition’s protest of a neo-Nazi and KKK rally, Best Pride Event and other LGBT picks — at  Creative Loafing‘s entire Best of Charlotte.

qnotes will release its QList – Best of LGBT Charlotte in the Oct. 11 print edition due out on newsstands and online next week.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.