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 MOVIE STARS

MICHELLE POLLINO and PETER PATRIKIOS

 

When she walked onto a movie set, it was love at first sight. For Pollino, a writer, director and producer of several independent films and TV projects, it’s been a swift road to celluloid. “One day I got a call about a film,” she says. It was Out There, a flick starring indie darling Clea DuVall. A half-dozen or more projects later—including the latest film, Regrets, with her longtime creative collaborator, Peter Patrikios—Pollino is leaving Philly for Hollywood after working for a show on Oprah’s OWN. Over the years, she’s also worked with Judd Nelson (who told her secrets about making The Breakfast Club) and Michael Madsen. “I get chills doing this for a living,” she says, as she gets ready to direct her first feature film this fall.

Patrikios wanted to be a doctor—until he was cast as Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof. “That’s when I really started to feel that I should reconsider med school,” says the actor, a Philly native who’s been in 23 films, TV shows and plays with stars like Uma Thurman, Parker Posey and M. Night Shyamalan. “I love to play characters that are bad, but have a soft center,” admits the actor, who played against type recently as a serial killer. He also never hides the fact that he’s gay. “After I came out, my mom asked me to take her to Woody’s,” he says. “She wanted to meet my friends and get a feel for what my life was like. I would like to impress on young LGBT people that they can be out and proud of who they are.”

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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.