QList 2012: Best of LGBT Carolina

Readers' Choice: The Best of LGBT Carolina

by QNotes Staff  Staff Reports  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: September 29, 2012 in A&E / Life&Style, Cover Stories, Featured Stories

For the third year in a row, qnotes went directly to the people for their votes on their favorite and best coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, popular leaders and elected officials and non-profit organizations. Through June, July and August, hundreds cast their ballots for their best of the best in LGBT Carolina. We’re pleased to announce this year’s QList winners, chosen by LGBT and straight ally North Carolinians as the best among their class.

 

Statewide

Best LGBT Non-Profit Organization
LGBT Center of Raleigh

Best AIDS Service Organization
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network

Group with Most Effective Grassroots Advocacy
Equality North Carolina

James Miller
Best LGBT Youth Leader (under 30)
Best LGBT Leader (Male)
Hired last November, Miller has quickly proven his ability as a natural leader for the LGBT Center of Raleigh and the LGBT community in the Triangle. A North Carolina native, Miller worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston before taking his position with the center. His non-profit management experience and knowledge of the LGBT community have helped to shape the LGBT Center of Raleigh into a dynamic and growing community organization.

Jen Jones
Best LGBT Leader (Female)
The communications director of Equality North Carolina, Jones is a proven leader. Before and during the campaign on Amendment One, Jones served as the voice for Equality North Carolina and the state’s LGBT community, in addition to her own advocacy work including a cross-state run to raise awareness and funds to fight the amendment.

The Hon. LaWana Mayfield
City Council, Charlotte, N.C.
Best LGBT Politician/Elected Official
Elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2011, Mayfield became the city’s first ever openly LGBT elected official. The moment was historic, as an openly lesbian community leader with experience in a wide range of advocacy and education projects benefitting communities across the city took her seat behind the dias. Mayfield has distinguished herself as an able leader on economic matters, social justice issues and LGBT equality.

Best Pride Celebration in North Carolina
Pride Charlotte

Best LGBT Club/Bar for Men
Marigny Dance Club

Best LGBT Club/Bar for Women
Hartigan’s Irish Pub

Club/Bar with Best Drink Value
CO2

Club/Bar with Hottest Bar Staff
Marigny Dance Club

Club/Bar with Best Drag Show
The Scorpio

Club/Bar with Best Entertainment Variety
The Scorpio

Best Drag Performer in North Carolina
Angela Lopez

Charlotte

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant
Lupie’s

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Fine Dining
300 East

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Late-night Dining
The Penguin Drive-In

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Deli
Common Market

LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant with Best Desserts
The Landmark

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Cheap Eat (under $15)
Hartigan’s Irish Pub

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Soul Food
Mert’s Heart and Soul

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Mexican Restaurant
3 Amigos

LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant with Best Brunch
SOUL Gastrolounge

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Retail Store
Paper Skyscraper

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Adult-Oriented Store
White Rabbit

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Coffee Shop
Central Coffee Co.

Best Local Non-Profit Organization
Time Out Youth

Best LGBT-Affirming Faith Institution
Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte

Best Local Drag Performer
Buff Faye

The Hon. Anthony Foxx
Mayor, Charlotte, N.C.
Best LGBT-Friendly Politician/Elected Official
As Charlotte’s first Democratic mayor in 22 years, Foxx’s election to the city’s highest executive office in 2009 marked the beginning of a new era for LGBT inclusion in the city. Unlike his predecessor, Foxx has never turned a cold shoulder to the city’s LGBT citizens and residents. Foxx has quickly earned loyalty from the city’s LGBT community.

Raleigh & Triangle

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant
The Burrough

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Late-Night Dining
The Burrough

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Deli
Remedy Diner

LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant with Best Desserts
PieBird

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Cheap Eat (under $15)
The Burrough

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Soul Food
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Mexican Restaurant
Jibarra

LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant with Best Brunch
Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Restaurant

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Retail Store
The Green Monkey

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Adult-Oriented Store
Our Place

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Coffee Shop
Benelux Cafe

Best Local Non-Profit Organization
LGBT Center of Raleigh

Best LGBT-Affirming Faith Institution
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh

Best Local Drag Performer
Mary K Mart

The Hon. Brad Miller
U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina
Best LGBT-Friendly Politician/Elected Official
As one of North Carolina’s leading progressive voices, Miller has earned his strips during two decades of service. He served in the state House (1992-1994) and Senate (1996-2002) before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003. Miller became a leading voice on matters of LGBT equality.

Triad

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant
6th and Vine

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Deli
First Carolina Deli

LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant with Best Desserts
Maxie B’s

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Soul Food
Sweet Potatoes

LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant with Best Brunch
Breakfast of Course!

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Adult-Oriented Store
Annabelle’s

Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Coffee Shop
Caffe Prada

Best Local Non-Profit Organization
AIDS Care Service

Best LGBT-Affirming Faith Institution
Green St. United Methodist Church

Best Local Drag Performer
Paisley Parque

The Hon. Dan Besse
City Council, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Best LGBT-Friendly Politician/Elected Official
A member of the Winston-Salem City Council since 2001, Besse has become a leading progressive voice on matters of LGBT inclusion, environmental conservation, in addition to past legal and other work for organizations providing services to low-income families and on healthcare issues.