The New Who’s Who of Philly’s Gay Community

They’re more than just here and queer. They’re the people who feed you, entertain you, provoke you, amuse you and surprise you. Come meet them

THE BEAUTY QUEENS

KEVIN GATTO and MATTHEW IZZO

 

Kevin Gatto comes from a long line of beautiful people, starting with his mother, a model, and his cousin, David Evangelista. “When I was a little boy I used to play with my mom’s wigs,” says Gatto, owner of Verde, a salon in Collingswood. “We joke that we have the ultimate gay gene in my family.” After graduating at the top of his class and making chocolate-covered strawberries for Patti LaBelle, he joined the Clairol Styling Team and worked the New York fashion shows. Today, as a stylist for CBS3’s Talk Philly, Gatto rubs elbows with folks like Bradley Cooper. “I want to have a positive impact and bring the LGBT community together,” says Gatto, who lives in Rittenhouse Square with his pug, Oliver.

And as a boy growing up in Smithtown, N.Y., Matthew Izzo lived on a horse farm.

“I started teaching equestrian horse show riding on a national level,” says Izzo, the owner of Matthew Izzo, a boutique in the Gayborhood. Eventually, his talent led him to Ethan Allen and Juan Pablo Molyneux. “Much of my style comes from the equestrian horse show environment,” says Izzo, who lives in a converted schoolhouse with his partner. “People inspire me,” he says, whether he’s designing a posh condo featured on HGTV, finishing a new painting or designing jewelry. “Going forward, I want to be a role model for young LGBTs,” he says.

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  • RCP

    This is all well and good but any list of the new who’s who in Philadelphia’s gay community would be incomplete without naming James Duggan of Queer Times.

  • Lauren

    Philadelphia has at least 50% minority population. Or to put it mildly minorities are the majority here. Most of the people presented are white with three African-Americans. Apparently no Asians or Latinos are part of the LGBT community by “Philadelphia Magazine’s” standards. There are many minority LGBT people who are active and serve the community but you do not see them.

  • andrea

    Oh, GPhilly, you have such an opportunity to be awesome, but you’re white-washing our community. Again.

    I’ll put out there from the jump that I’m a white woman and one of the things I love the most about LGBT Philly is the diversity.

    Too bad GPhilly only sees the white people. And, the young. Just picked up a hard copy of the piece above and noticed the people who didn’t make the cut – by and large, they’re all over 35. Disappointed in the few people of color – 3 black and 1 latino out of 22 doesn’t cut it (even though they’re all great). In the print version, its even worse – there the brown people have to share a page with a white person. This sucks. It could be so much better. This magazine will fail if it doesn’t get with reality. Open your eyes, GPhilly, people of color spend money, too, and even white people have a problem with white-washing of our community.