Orientation, Gender & the Ex-Gay Movement
A Lively Lecture with Performance
“Gay to Straight” theories and treatments have offered the vague and deceptive promise that Change is Possible. Having spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three different continents attempting to change and suppress his gay orientation and gender differences, Peterson Toscano presents a lively and informed lecture about the ex-gay movement and the often-tragic outcomes of pursuing such a change.
Interjecting scenes from his one-person comedy Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House—How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement, along with video clips, personal narrative, and the most current information about the ex-gay movement, Peterson’s interactive and interesting academic presentation leaves his audience enlightened and better equipped to address false claims of the Ex-Gay Movement at home and abroad. He also explores the role that gender policing has had in gay conversion therapy and the misogyny endemic in the ex-gay world and in gay culture.
As the co-founder of Beyond Ex-Gay, Peterson reveals the damage that often comes to people who attempt to alter their orientation while also highlighting the creative ways ex-gay survivors have reclaimed their lives. He expertly applies gender theory as he explores the workings of power and privilege along with the other societal factors that influence individuals to pursue ex-gay treatment.
(90-120 minutes which includes time for discussion and Q&A)
Peterson Toscano is a brilliant performer who is a must see anytime he performs near me. My favorite performance is his Homo No Mo Halfway House show. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn, and above all you will love Peterson Toscano.
Peterson Toscano can take an audience from belly laughs one moment to arresting, reverent silence the next. His honesty, his rawness, speaks to his talent, and to his courage in giving so much of his heart to his audience. A play by Peterson is a transcendent, community building experience.