Some significant birthdays today. Composer and new friend, Lee Hoiby and I share a birthday today, and I am sure he is busy away at his piano working on his next composition. Happy Birthday Lee.

But I have another important anniversary to celebrate. Four years ago today I premiered Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House in Memphis, TN at Holy Trinity Community Church. After I accepted my gayness when I was still living in Memphis, Reverend Tim Meadows, the church’s pastor who inspired one of the characters in the play, encouraged me to pursue my art by asking me to write a poem for Judy Shepard.

That got me out into the Memphis gay community to interview scores of queer folks only to find out there are ALL KINDS of queer folks out there. A few years later I moved up North to Hartford, CT, and it only seemed fitting to bring my play to this Memphis queer church for the premiere.

Bruce Garrett sent me the most wonderful personalized birthday cartoon. He remembers all my people. Thanks Bruce!I head off in an hour for the Mid-Winter Gathering of the FLGBTQC (Queer Quakers). Ah, I feel good having so much community in my life–my blogging friends, my Hartford and Memphis friends, my Quaker Friends, my Swedish and UK friends. I am very rich with dear and wonderful people.

This post has 17 Comments

  1. Anna HP on February 17, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Happy Birthday, P. Glad you liked my home-made card aswell 🙂

  2. Elliot on February 17, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Don’t forget that you’re not only very rich with those around you; you’re also the sweetest person ever.

    And we love you. ^_^

    Happy Birthday!!!

  3. Elliot on February 17, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Also, don’t forget about your Massachusetts Transgender youth friends! Oh… you probably don’t have many of those, do you?

  4. Nillo on February 17, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Peterson, and congratulations on four years of Homo No No 🙂

  5. Craig Hickman on February 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Happy Birthday, Peterson!

  6. Anonymous on February 17, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Happy Birthday, Peterson and the whole gang..even the characters you haven’t dreamt up yet!! Thanks for being a friend and listening to me when I need it!! Enjoy the South!!


  7. Contemplative Activist on February 17, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Happy birthday Peterson!

    CA & Ken

  8. Peterson Toscano on February 17, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks so much.

    And Elliot you are part of my Hartford friends. I mean, dude you are just up the road.

  9. Elliot on February 17, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    *Cocks head to side and considers*

    Cool! 😀

  10. alex resare on February 17, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Grattis på födelsedagen Petersön!

  11. abbyladybug on February 17, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Happy Bday!!!!

  12. Clint on February 18, 2007 at 2:06 am


  13. Susanne on February 18, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Happy Birthday, Peterson! May this be the start of a year filled with many blessings and much love.

  14. Jimbo on February 18, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Happy Birthday Peterson!

    Very Best Wishes for the year ahead.

  15. Adrian Lovel-Hall on February 18, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Hello Peterson

    Sorry I missed your birthday – hope it was good. Have a fabulous year!!

    Adrian (SA)

  16. Anonymous on February 19, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Peterson, it was great to get to spend time with you on your birthday!

    — Tom D.

  17. Jonathan on February 20, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    happy birthday peterson!!!! sorry i missed it, but as they say, better late than never. hope you had a wonderful day!


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