Peterson will spend time with fellow Quakers at the North Pacific Yearly Meeting. As friend in residence, he will offer a keynote address, lead interest groups, and meet with elementary, middle, high school, and college student groups.
Peterson Toscano provides a lively, insightful, and hilarious presentation that helps his audiences wrap their heads and hearts around LGBTQ issues, faith, justice, and global warming. 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?
Peterson calls for meaningful action. No one gets mocked or guilted into action, instead audience members relax and walk away with fresh ideas and hope.
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.
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.
Peterson Toscano is a performance artist, activist and comic storyteller.
He performs throughout North America and Europe presenting original one-person comedies that explore gender, sexuality, faith, and climate change. His own personal story is bizarre. At first he struggled to accept himself seeing a conflict between his Christian faith and his gay orientation. After 17 years and over $30,000 trying to “de-gay” himself, he came to his senses and came out gay. He created the one-person play, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, helped produce the award winning documentary film, This is What Love in Action Looks Like, and contributed to the Lambda Award winning anthology, Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation.
As someone concerned with human rights, Toscano has taken on climate change as his primary focus as he considers LGBTQ, faith, and comic responses to the climate crisis. His does not dole out the typical gloom and doom, shame and guilt global warming messages. Instead he infuses his work with hope. He challenges audiences to pursue community building as he helps them connect climate change to everything from immigration to a cup of coffee. He curates the Climate Stew website and is the host of Citizens’ Climate Radio.
He is a member of Millville Monthly Meeting, a part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Friend in Residence — North Pacific Yearly Meeting
Wednesday July 26-30, 2017
University of Puget Sound
Want a sample? Check out these clips from Peterson’s Climate Stew Show.
Hear one of Peterson’s Bible Half Hour presentations from New England Yearly Meeting