A Queer Response to Climate Change (Rider University)

Event Details

LGBT, justice, and Climate Action Figures

Funny, Silly, Serious Peterson Toscano

Funny, Silly, Serious
Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano provides a lively, insightful, and hilarious presentation that helps his audiences wrap their heads and hearts around global warming. This is NOT your normal climate change presentation. Filled with hope, honesty and humor, Peterson’s audiences open up as they consider their roles on a new planet.

Peterson, a Quaker and comic from Pennsylvania, helps us look at our current climate crisis from multiple angles including as a human rights issue as well as a deeply spiritual one. He raises the questions: What is a Queer Response to Climate Change?  What Does Faith Have to do with It?

No one gets mocked or guilted into action, instead audience members relax and walk away with fresh ideas and hope. (No polar bears are harmed during the performance; but we do poke fun at them.)

Peterson Toscano Flyer (2)

For the past decade, Peterson Toscano has dug deeply into the intersection of faith and queer culture, coming up with pieces that are incisive, explanatory, thoughtful, kind to all parties, and moving. He has paired these performances with lectures and discussions that draw in viewers of all sorts of backgrounds, getting them to truly engage with the material.

Ben Guaraldi
, Filmmaker


The speaker tonight was unlike any speaker I have ever encountered. He managed to keep his audience captivated, engaged, and humored while discussing a serious current issue... Instead of scaring his audience into believing about climate change and feeling guilty...he requested that his audience refocus, remember, and respond.

, Simpson College


Through the lens of relatable, endearing and hilarious characters we found ourselves considering the intersections between LGBTQ justice and climate change, what we can learn from the LGBTQ struggle for justice and the infinite resources available to us through these relationships.

Erin Pratt
, Program Director, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light



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