Your Community, Your Voice

Echo launches 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

By KJ Philp, February 2017 Issue.

Each year, the Echo Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards recognize community favorites, chosen by you! From local leaders and performers to staged productions and places to wine and dine, we want you to tell us who is deserving of this honor in 2017.

The nomination phase is now closed. For information on voting, click here!

The top five finalists in each category will continue on to the voting phase, during which you’re invited to visit to cast your votes once a day (per IP address). Don’t forget to spread the word via social media and use #EchoMagAZ.

Winners, as determined by your votes, will be revealed in the May issue of Echo Magazine, which comes out April 20. So mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional details.

This year, to switch things up a little bit we’ve nearly doubled the number of categories we had last year. What that means is that you have 28 opportunities to nominate and vote for your favorites, as you’ll find four categories under each of the following titles:


  1. FUNdraiser: Which local charity fundraising event best puts the FUN in fundraising?
  1. Get Involved: Tell us your favorite LGBTQ non-profit organization or cause to be a part of.
  1. Mark Your Calendar: Which community event or festival is on your can’t-miss list?
  1. Mind Your Business: Tell us where you’ve found the best professional development, self-improvement and/or networking resources (group, course, school).

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  1. Local Trailblazer: They lead. They fundraise. They volunteer. They organize. They do it all. Now we want you to nominate them!
  1. Amazing Ally: LGBTQ allies are everywhere. We wouldn’t be the community we are today without them. It’s time to recognize the best of the best and thank them for taking a stand with us and for us!
  1. Dazzling Advertiser: For more than 26 years, our advertisers have made Echo possible (and kept it free to you). Now it’s time to congratulate them on a job well done – meaning, we want to know which ad campaign (featured in our pages) wowed you the most!
  1. Politically Correct: This is your ballot to let us know which elected official, political movement or campaign had the biggest impact on you throughout the past year!


  1. What A Drag … Queen: They volunteer, they fundraise, they entertain and they’re not afraid to tell it like it is, now tell us which drag queen does it all the best.
  1. What A Drag … King: They volunteer, they fundraise, they entertain and they’re not afraid to tell it like it is, now tell us which drag king does it all the best.
  1. The Star of the (Drag) Show: There’s a lot more to putting together a drag show than meets the eye (contouring, for one). Week after week, where do you take your dollar bills?
  1. Down For The Crown: When it comes to seeing local titleholders pass down the crown, which pageant do you score a perfect 10?

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  1. Raise the Bar: Whether it’s trivia, karaoke, darts or dance, our local bars serve as much more than just watering holes. Now it’s time to nominate your favorite!
  1. Happiest Happy Hour: Where do you prefer to stop and wet your whistle before heading home from a long day at work?
  1. Someone’s Going To Score: Whether it’s coverage of the Olympics or a weekly Sunday (football) Funday, we’re looking for the sports bar you’d bet on.
  1. Just Dance: Whether you twerk, two-step or tango, on which dance floor are you most likely to be found working it?

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  1. Savor Local Flavor: You don’t have to be a professional foodie to let us know the most delicious spot to wine and dine
  1. But First, Brunch: No weekend is complete without a stellar brunch spread, so where are you most likely to be found sipping mimosas?
  1. Late-Night Bites: Some nights call for a second dinner (no judgment), and we want to know which dining destination do you head to after last call?
  1. Master Mixologist: They know your name and, more importantly, your favorite drink. Here’s a tip: Show them some love with a nomination here.

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  1. Get Your Art On: We want to know the best places for taking in all forms of creative expression (galleries, museums, events, venues, shows).
  1. Retail Therapy: From retail and services to entertainment and accommodations, where is the best place to spend your money locally?
  1. It’s A Group Thing: Where do you go for fellowship, support, community and/or spirituality (groups, meet-ups, congregations).
  1. Get Sweaty: Everyone has a favorite local LGBTQ team, athlete, gym, sporting event or league, and we want to know yours.


  1. Greatest Hits: Whether you’re into live shows or streaming the sounds of the underground, which local musical group or band is No. 1 on your charts? 
  1. I’m in Love with The DJ: No party is complete without one, yet they never get the spotlight … until now. Which DJ makes your heart spin?
  1. Star of the Show: Which local staged production, podcasts, YouTube channels or other non-drag/non-concert performances brings out the fanatic in you?
  1. Take The Stage: From hosts/hostesses and emcees to co-chairs and event promoters, we want you to nominate the folks who make it all come together.