2019 Best of Gay HRVA Readers’ Poll Winners: People

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Local LGBTQ Community Hero and Best Local Spiritual Leader

Rev. Dr. Nanette Hilliard, The Great Awakening United Church of Christ

Runners up for LGBTQ Community Hero:
Kelly O’Clair
• Dr. Charles Ford

Runners up for Best Local Spiritual Leader:
Rev. Mark Byrd
• Pastor Joy Carrington


Most Committed LGBTQ Activist

Mercedes Douglas

Runners up:
• Kelly O’Clair
• Ben Canty


Best Community Ally & Best Elected Official

Andria Padgett McClellan, Norfolk City Council

Runners up for best Local Ally:
Billy Tyndall
• Sunny Haynes

Runners up for Best Local Elected Official:
• David Nygaard
• Jay Jones


Best School Board Member

Joel McDonald, Virginia Beach

Runners up:
• Lakeesha Klu Atkinson, Portsmouth
• Tanya Bhasin, Norfolk


Best Educator & Best Local Author

Dr. Charles Ford, Norfolk State University

Dr. Charles Ford with his new book at Prince Books in Norfolk on April 9, 2016.

Runners p for Best Educator:

  • Rev. Dr. Nanette Hilliard
  • Cathleen Rhodes
  • Runners up for Best Local Author:

  • Benita Harrison Diggs
  • Gail Newman

  • Best Local Businessperson

    Annette Stone

    Runners up:
    • John Childers and Mike Diaz
    • Søren Arn-Oelschlegel


    Best Financial Planner

    Gregg Smith

    Runners up:
    • Tom Speight
    • Christopher Russi


    Best Real Estate Agent

    Søren Arn-Oelschlegel

    Runners up:
    • Ben Canty
    • Russell Bryant


    Best Medical Provider

    Dr. Charlotte A. Moore

    Runners up:
    • Dr. Mary Vaughn Smith DeSoto
    • Dr. David Dorbad


    Best Hair Stylist

    Brad W. Carpenter, No Rootz Hair & Color Spa

    Runners up:
    • Walter Robb
    • Daniel Pries
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    Best Attorney

    Scott Michael Goodspeed

    Runners up:
    • Rachel Anderson
    • Emily Munn


    Best Local Radio Personality

    Blaine Stewart, Z104

    Runners up:
    • Cathy Lewis
    • Danny Epperson


    Best TV Personality

    Barbara Ciara, WTKR

    Runners up:
    • Andy Fox
    • Evan Stewart


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