This is Fransisco (he goes by Cisco). He started performing at the Topeka Civic Theater in 1999 when he was just a teenager. After a 13 year break, he began performing once more in 2013.
“It’s like any high. It’s the thrill of doing it. The first show I did when I came back was Les Mis. When we did Les Mis three years ago, each night was a standing ovation before we finished the final note and so that is super gratifying.
The people you meet here are people are usually people that will be with you for the rest of your life. Right now we have someone who is on liver failure and I’m on the board of the organization to create a foundation to get funds for his transplant.”
‘You mentioned that during your 13 year break, you lived in Los Angeles. Would you ever go back?’
“No. It’s exhausting being perfect all the time. You have to maintain like 2 percent body fat and constantly workout and if you eat wrong, your friends judge you. It’s tiring. It’s super, super tiring. Your worth was based on who you knew, what you looked like or what you brought to the table.
But I think the next step for me is to move to Denver or Chicago, a place that’s a little bit more lenient. My final location is not going to be in Topeka. Eventually I want a family and I don’t see that happening for me here. A lot of the gay people that I’ve met in Kansas so far, a lot of them have a lot of repressed anger and anxiety and also hatred of themselves because they haven’t been to a place where no one cares who you are or what you do. They are always stuck in the mindset of ‘I have to be careful, I have to be careful because someone is watching me at all times.’
Well, it doesn’t matter if someone’s watching you. It is that person’s idea of you. You can’t make everyone happy. I don’t want to spend my life worrying about when I can or can’t do things, or who’s going to be mad that I have a kid who has two dads or something like that. I rather live in a city where I don’t have to worry about those things.”