A Very Queer Response to Climate Change


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LGBTQ people needed!

What issue touches the things we are most passionate about:including coffee, pets, and LGBTQ people? Surprise! Global Warming. It’s not just about polar bears and grandchildren; it’s about social justice issues affecting people of color, LGBTQ youth and adults, migrants, and more.

At True Colors XXIV Queer comic and human rights activist Peterson Toscano will reveal how LGBTQ people are directly affected by climate change and how we are desperately needed to develop bold, creative, and new approaches to the biggest problem in the world.

You are needed on this new earth to save the coffee bean and so much more!

Peterson Toscano is uniquely able to reach out to people through the power of story and comedy to bring a listener through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression all the way to inspiration and action. Even better, he is fun and engaging and highlights the value to be found in understanding and engaging with people with a different backgrounds and perspectives. The world would be a better place if everyone could listen to Peterson for an hour."

Nathaniel Graf
, Climate Action Senior Fellow, Office of Sustainability, Swarthmore College

 


A Very Queer Response to Climate Change

Friday March 17, 2017 1:15 PM

True Colors Conference

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT


Conversations that entertain and enlighten 

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

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Who is Peterson Toscano?

petersoninmaltaPeterson Toscano is a performance artist, activist and comic storyteller. Although he performs throughout North America and Europe, he actually lives in Sunbury, PA. Toscano presents 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, for the past two years 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 is the creator of Climate Stew and the host of Citizens Climate Radio.

 

Peterson Toscano is a tremendous asset in the college classroom. His insight, humor, compassion, and breadth of perspective enlivened my students and encouraged them to feel hopeful even in this time of climate change. His mixture of vulnerability and comedy enabled those of us in his audience to access our own authentic feelings about the predicaments of the 21st century. Peterson brings extensive knowledge, extraordinary people skills, dramatic talent, and poignant characters to his presentations. I highly recommend him as a guest teacher and speaker on college campuses anywhere.

Chara Armon, Ph.D.
, Assistant Professor, Lawrence C. Gallen Teaching Faculty Augustine & Culture Seminar Program Villanova University

 

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