Everything is Connected — An Evening of Weird Stories


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LGBTQ Issues, Queer Bible Stories, Social Justice on a changing planet and So Much More

IMG_0332Experience the artful, playful, outrageously funny, and deeply moving storytelling craft of Peterson Toscano. Connecting issues and ideas to bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip.  

A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice.

Peterson’s unique personal journey led him into performance art. 

After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses?

Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. Come to laugh, think deeply, and feel more human.

 

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

 

 

Peterson Toscano led a transformative lunch-time discussion exploring the intersection between race, justice, and climate change, focusing on environmental racism in disaster relief efforts. From beginning to end, Peterson made Bates students feel welcomed, supported, and hopeful - a task nearly impossible when discussing the climate crisis. Peterson Toscano, a true beam of light, touched hearts and minds as he equipped Bates students with the rhetorical tactics and perspective necessary to create a more equitable world, and for that we are so thankful!

Zsofia Duarte
, Bates College Student, Environmental Politics major

 

 

Peterson Toscano is a dynamic, insightful, and creative facilitator. Working with him is delightful and educational. Peterson has a rare ability to combine humor and scholarship in ways that allow participants to explore the depth of spiritual authenticity. I would work with him anytime!

Rev. David E. Weekley
, United Methodist Minister & author of In From the Wilderness http://www.shermanswilderness.org

 

 


Everything is Connected:

An Evening of Stories, Most Weird, Many True

 Friday, August 19, 2016 Door at 6PM, Show at 7PM
Metropolitan Community Church Portland
2400 NE Broadway, Portland OR 97232

Fund raising event for CLUBFUNDER®

supporting Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs
through project grants because GSA Clubs save Lives®
CLUBFUNDER® is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Charity

Want a sample? Check out these clips from Peterson’s Climate Stew Show.



 

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