On Saturday, Nov. 26, a very dazzling — and very important — showcase will grace the stage of one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful establishments. As if the city didn’t already have enough to be thankful for during the last week of November, audiences from all walks of life will be treated to Queer Performances of Color at CiBo Ristorante Italiano in Center City.
The showcase is an all persons of color cast that aims to strengthen unity among everyone in the city, particularly within the LGTBQ community. Creator Leo Gonzales, who has worked in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood in a number of performance-related roles, from performer to accompanist to even sound engineer, came up with the idea after seeing what kinds of entertainment the neighborhood — and the community that thrived there — needed and wanted the most.
“I truly believe that creating a space for Queer Performances of Color is a step towards healing from the effects of being marginalized within the LGBTQ community,” Gonzales said. “It creates a voice and my hope is that our work will bring a positive change in further understanding one another and ultimately getting closer to true inclusiveness.”