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 FOODIES

CRYSTAL FOX, ROBERT WEINBERG and ERIK MATZKE

 

Matzke and Weinberg have been together for 13 years. And for the last four, City Food Tours has been their baby. “The only time we’re not together is in the bathroom and at the gym,” says Weinberg, who, with Matzke, leads tours through Philly’s gastronomic world. “National Coming Out Day is every day,” says Weinberg. “I think because we own the company, we don’t have concerns that our boss is going to fire us.” That might explain why half of the guides are gay. “What we bring to the community is openness and comfort about being gay and being a couple,” says Weinberg. Matzke adds: “There are straight people who say they don’t know any gay people. The more they realize they’re surrounded by really cool people doing their jobs, the easier and easier it gets.”

Crystal Fox, the chef at Giorgio on Pine, says, “I stumbled upon cooking.” She got her first food job as a cook in the kitchen at Sisters—and spent the next few years working at local restaurants including Amada. It’s what you might expect from an army brat with several college degrees under her belt. This year, she appeared on TV’s Chopped hosted by Queer Eye’s Ted Allen. As Fox graduates yet again—this time in culinary arts—she’s found a family in the food biz: “I spend 10 to 15 hours a day with these people. You know their ups, downs, ebbs, and flows—even more than their partners.” After coming out at 19, Fox, an only child, experienced a few rocky years until her parents packed up for the Southwest and didn’t invite her to join them. “It will be six years this July,” she 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.