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The 2015 Rainbow Choice Awards

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And the Award Goes To...

In March 2013, The Fresno Bee announced the results of its annual People's Choice Awards contest. Several LGBT-connected businesses were recognized by their readers as their favorites. We at NewsLink decided it was time to conduct a similar competition in 2013, 2014 and 2015. And below are the results for our 2015 edition of NewsLink's Rainbow Choice Awards!

Thank you for voting in this year’s edition of RCA for your favorite LGBT, LGBT-owned or LGBT-friendly individuals, businesses and events in the Valley! After removing over two hundred of invalid votes (multiple votes from the same I.P. address for the same nominees), 309 valid votes were left.

Congratulations to winners, runners up, second runners up, and everyone nominated!

The regions are: Fresno / Clovis; north of Fresno (including mountain areas, Los Banos, Tracy, up to Stockton / Lodi); south of Fresno (Selma, Sanger, etc., down to Bakersfield).

Thank you for participating! Here are the results:

FRESNO/CLOVIS
1. Restaurant
34 votes - Richie’s Pizza & Hot Dogs
2. 19 Tacos Marquitos
3. 16 Livingstone's
4. 14 The Painted Table
5. 12 Los Panchos
6. 10 Ming's Chinese
7. 9 Ovidio's
8. 8 Veni Vidi Vici

2. Desserts / Sweets Shop
56 votes - Eddie's Bakery
2. 18 Chiffono's
3. 14 Ampersand Ice Cream
4. 9 Indulgence Fresno

3. Coffee / Tea House
61 votes - Teazer (Tower)
2. 43 Starbucks (Tower)
3. 17 Mia Cuppa

4. Bar / Nightclub
100 votes - Bam Bam's
2. 57 Club Legends
3. 26 FAB
4. 16 The Red Lantern
5. 9 The Phoenix

5. LGBT theme night or regular LGBT event - bar
31 votes - Agents of O Show @ The Phoenix
2. 27 Sunday Beer Bust @ The Red Lantern
3. 25 SheBAR @ North Tower Circle

6. LGBT theme night or regular LGBT event - non-bar
54 votes - Rainbow Bowling League
2. (tie) 13 Fresbians Coffee
13 Professional Men’s Mixer
4. 11 Friday Movie Social
5. 4 Professional Out Women’s mixHer

7. Annual LGBT event (held at a bar)
38 votes - Anniversary Weekend @ Club Legends
2. 21 Harvest Ball @ The Red Lantern
3. 13 Miss Biola Pageant @ The Red Lantern
4. 11 Anniversary Weekend @ The Red Lantern
5. 8 Anniversary Party @ The Phoenix

8. Annual LGBT event (held outside of a bar)
58 votes - Fresno AIDS Walk
2. 36 Fresno Rainbow Pride
3. 23 Fresno Reel Pride
4. 11 6 IDC Coronation
5. 7 4 IDC Closet Ball

9. Drinking establishment with the best drinks
32 votes - FAB
2. 26 The Red Lantern
3. 21 The Phoenix

10. Bartender
70 votes - Tena Senn
2. 18 Alvin Marquez
3. 17 Jon Jon
4. (tie) 10 Nick Olson
10 Raymond Pena
6. Taylor Spaulding

11. Drinking establishment with the best music
107 votes - Bam Bam's
2. 70 Club Legends
3. 14 The Red Lantern

12. DJ
35 votes - DJ Dizzi
2. 27 DJ Binx
3. 12 DJ Susy Q
4. 10 DJ JimmiMac
5. 1 DJ Lorraine

13. Florist / Flower Shop
39 votes - Chase Flowers
2. 20 Karma Kat

14. Nursery / Landscaping Service
66 votes - Gazebo Gardens
2. 9 Riverside Nursery

15. Hairdresser
31 votes - Juan Salcedo
2. 30 Robert Damian-Reyes Jr.
3. 20 Gilbert Navarro
4. 12 Chris Ruiz
5. 11 Cynthia Stevens

16. Hair Salon
35 votes - Salon Posh
2. 12 Manic Panic
3. 6 Nathaniel James Salon

17. Drag Queen Group
44 votes - Imperial Dove Court @ various venues
2. 41 Dollhouse @ Club Legends
3. 21 Xotica @ Club Legends
4. 12 Catfish @ The Phoenix

18. Drag Queen
49 votes - Deja Skye
2. 44 Leilani Price
3. 38 Patricia de Leon
4. 9 Betti Rage
5. 5 Kween P.

19. Drag King
41 votes - Papi De La Strapp
2. 17 Atown
3. (tie) 13 Alec Allnight
13 Justin Cider

20. MC / Host
45 votes - Leilani Price
2. 21 Marc Rosario
3. 15 Tiana

21. Photography
41 votes - Andrew Losh
2. 15 Lori Kearney
3. 14 Ray Quenga

22. Pet services
15 votes - Cedar Veterinary Hospital
2. 14 All Breed Pet Sitting
3. 13 100 Percent Fancy Grooms

46 Suzie's Adult Superstore
2. 22 The Bunker
3. 4 Fresno Video Exchange

SOUTH OF FRESNO

24. Restaurant
12 votes - Cafe 225 (Visalia)
2. 11 Mama Yoli's Kitchen, Bakersfield
3. 5 Henry Salazar’s (Visalia)
4. 3 Martin’s Deli (Bakersfield)

25. Desserts / Sweets Shop
10 votes - Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (Bakersfield)
2. (tie) 3 Baby Cake Donuts (Bakersfield)
3 Strongman Mini Donuts (Bakersfield)

26. Coffee / Tea House
12 votes - The Lily Pad Cafe (Tulare)
2. 4 T's Lil Espresso (Bakersfield)

27. Bar / Nightclub
27 votes - Republik Night Club & Lounge (Visalia)
2. 15 Casablanca Nightclub (Bakersfield)
3. 3 The Mint (Bakersfield)

28. LGBT theme night or regular LGBT event (bar)
30 votes - Illusions @ Republik (Visalia)
2. 11 Tranny Bear @ Casablanca(Bakersfield)
3. 4 FG2 @ Casablanca

29. LGBT theme night or regular LGBT event (non-bar)
9 votes - Bakersfield LGBTQ Pizza Night @ Rusty's Pizza (Bakersfield)
2. 8 Tuesday Evening Dining Group @ various (Visalia)
3. 4 Social Mixer @ Gay & Lesbian Center (Bakersfield)

30. Annual LGBT event (bar)
13 votes - Miss Casablanca @ Casablanca (Bakersfield)
2. 7 Annual Pride After Party @ Casablanca
3. 6 Miss Gay USofA Newcomer California @ The Nile Nightclub (Bakersfield)
4. 5 Halloween Party @ Casablanca

31. Annual LGBT event (non-bar)
13 votes - 13 Bakersfield Pride (Bakersfield)
2. 9 Visalia Pride Lions Valentine Dance (Visalia)
3. 6 Winter Wonderland @ Gay & Lesbian Center (Bakersfield)
4. 5 Kern County AIDS Walk (Bakersfield)

32. Drinking establishment with the best drinks
29 votes - Republik (Visalia)
2. 16 Casablanca(Bakersfield)

33. Drinking establishment with the best music
26 votes - Republik (Visalia)
2. 16 Casablanca(Bakersfield)

34. DJ
16 votes - DJ Fresh
2. (tie) 5 DJ Vince Viper
5 DJ Antarez
4. 4 DJ Mike V.
5. 1 DJ Oz Ramos

35. Drag Queen Group
30 votes - Illusions @ Republik (Visalia)
2. 11 FG2 @ Casablanca(Bakersfield)

36. Drag Queen
27 votes - Nikita Rage (Visalia)
2. 16 votes - Priscilla McNamara (Visalia)
3. 11 Keylolo Elektra (Bakersfield)
4. 4 Bebe Waters (Visalia)
5. 1 Makena Moore (Bakersfield)

37. MC / Host
20 votes - Priscilla McNamara (Visalia)
2. 11 Keylolo Elektra (Bakersfield)
3. 7 Orlando Molina Gonzales (Visalia)
4. 2 David Lopez (Bakersfield)

38. Adult business
12 votes - Deja Vu Love Boutique (Bakersfield)
2. 7 Adult Cinema 19 Theater & Bookstore (Bakersfield)

NORTH OF FRESNO

39. Restaurant
(tie)3 votes - Tresetti's (Modesto)
3 votes - Mamas and the Tapas (Stockton)

3. 1 Bel Piatto (Modesto)

40. Coffee / Tea House
(tie)4 votes - Starbucks @ Miracle Mile (Stockton)
2. 4 votes - Coffee Bandits (Merced)

3. 1 Queen Bean (Modesto)

41. Bar / Nightclub
6 votes - Brave Bull (Modesto)
2. 4 Climax (Modesto)
3. 3 Tiki Lounge (Modesto)
4. 1 Paradise Nightclub (Stockton)

42. LGBT theme night or regular LGBT event (bar)
3 votes - Bingo & Tiki Lounge (Modesto)
2. (tie) 2 Hydrate Fridays @ Paradise Nightclub (Stockton) & Climax (Modesto)
2 Pure Thursdays @ Barcode (Livingston)
2 Elevate Wednesdays @ Paradise
5. 1 Brave Bullettes Sundays @ Brave Bull (Modesto)

43. LGBT theme night or regular LGBT event (non-bar)
3 votes - San Joaquin Pride Center's Men's Group (Stockton)
2. 2 Don’t Worry Be Happy bowling (Stockton)
3. 1 Art Splash @ San Joaquin Pride Center (Stockton)

44. Annual LGBT event (bar)
3 votes - White Party @ Paradise (Stockton)
2. 2 Halloween Party @ Climax (Modesto)
3. (tie) 1 Hydrate Summer Fever @ Paradise (Stockton)
1 Post-Pride Party @ Tiki Lounge (Modesto)

45. Annual LGBT event (non-bar)
4 votes - Kampout Fresno (near Oakhurst)
2. 3 Sync & Drag @ College Avenue Congregational UCC (Modesto)
3. 2 Modesto Pride (Modesto)
4. 1 OESCI Coronation (Modesto)

46. Drinking establishment with the best drinks
3 votes - Tiki Lounge (Modesto)
2. 2 Brave Bull (Modesto)
3. (tie) 1 Climax (Modesto)
1 Paradise (Stockton)

47. Drinking establishment with the best music
6 votes - Climax (Modesto)
2. 2 Paradise (Stockton)

48. DJ
2 votes - DJ Liquid (Modesto)
2. (tie) 1 DJ Truth (Modesto)
1 DJ Arnie
1 DJ Hector

49. Drag Queen Group
4 votes - Dragalicious @ Climax (Modesto)
2. 2 Brave Bullettes @ Brave Bull (Modesto)
3. 1 The Haus of Q @ Paradise (Stockton)

50. Drag Queen
6 votes - Jaymelah Vanity Moore (Modesto)
2. 4 Sondra St. James (Stockton)
3. 2 Donnatella Lovegood (Merced)
4. 1 Nastassja Davenport (Chowchilla)

51. MC / Host
6 votes - Monique Moore Bryant (Modesto)
2. 2 Katalina Zambrano (Modesto)
3. 1 Sasha Glam Devaroe(Modesto)

Thanks for participating!

See the 2013 winners!

See the 2014 winners!