A Queer Response to Climate Change (NYC)

Event Details

How on earth is Global Climate Change a Queer Issue?

How are LGBTQ folks specially positioned to creatively consider Global Warming and develop strategies for addressing it?

And what do queer people of faith bring to the table? 


A Queer Response to Climate Change

Friday September 19, 2014 7:00 PM

NYC Metropolitan Community Church

446 W 36th Street

NY, NY 10018

FREE! Donations welcomed but not required.

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Nancy Wilson, moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church with 40 years experience faithfully and thoughtfully addressing social justice concerns, along with Peterson Toscano, a queer comic performance artist and off-beat Bible scholar, team up to offer a presentation that is guaranteed to expand your thinking, give you hope, and provide direction for you and your community in the face of big changes on our little planet. Discover what your role might be on our new earth and learn how LGBTQ folks and faith communities already have experiences and resources to draw on in the midst of our current and growing climate crisis. It’s time for the ultimate makeover!

This event will also include a special performance by singer/song writer, Joe Stevens


California-based singer/songwriter, guitar and banjoman, Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. From his roots as an awkward kid with a debilitating stutter, through dark years of alcohol and drug addiction, Joe’s music touches on themes at once specific and ubiquitous, portraying the human condition distilled — where one person’s story is truly everyone’s story. A prolific writer, the muse began whispering at the age of fifteen and Joe has produced some untold thousands of songs and essays in his 32 years. Joe is the main songwriter in the Alt-Americana groupCoyote Grace, who released five albums between 2006 and 2012 and toured with the Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick, and Girlyman; sharing stages with Chris Pureka, Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, and legends such as Cris Williamson and Lowen and Navarro.

Joe’s music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. The social media explosion combined with shifting public opinion created the conditions that enabled trans and queer artists, a highly marginalized and often isolated subculture, to connect and gain visibility throughout the world. Joe performs and gives workshops on songwriting and queer/trans issues at colleges and universities and is a social justice activist for underdogs of all stripes, committed to honoring their vital contributions to the greater collective evolution.

Check out some of Joe’s music here.

Also, J Mase iii, “a Black/Trans/Queer/Rowdy-as-Hell Poet with a capital [P]” will take part in the event and share some original pieces. PO1_J_Mase_III

As a performer and teaching poet J Mase III has rocked venues all across the US to the UK, from colleges and radio stations to group homes and youth centers. An organ donor, J Mase is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around and creator of the annual performance event Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement. A bit of a public intellectual (not in the snotty way, though) J Mase can also be found contributing to publications such as the Huffington Post as a repeat blogger, the Vanderbilt African American Lectionary Online to talk about LGBTQ teens in the church and the anthology Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work, to share insight about gender and genitalia.

Check out J Mase iii performing Josephine (The Bible on Trans* People)

This post has 2 Comments

  1. Craig on September 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Peterson, thanks for doing this performance. Can’t wait.
    Are advance tickets available or should we all just show up?

  2. Peterson Toscano on September 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Craig! Just show up. No tix needed. It is free. You can give a donation to go towards our travel and such, but it is not required. Come and bring friends!

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