Peterson Toscano – Sunday Service June 10th, 2012
Peterson Toscano is a theatrical performance activist using comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns. He spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to change and suppress his same-sex orientation and gender differences. Since 2003 he has traveled in North America, Europe, and Africa performing in diverse venues and speaking in the media. He writes and perform plays that explore LGBTQ issues, sexism, racism, violence and gender.
Peterson Toscano’s journey out of the closet had been long and complicated. After years of submitting to reparative therapy through counseling, and ex-gay support groups in the US, England and Ecuador, Peterson enrolled in the ex-gay residential program, Love in Action in Memphis, TN. He graduated successfully from the program nearly two years later, but in January of 1999 he finally came out and fully accepted himself as a gay man. Since that time he has worked to undo the damage of gay reparative therapy in his own life, and he also has raised public awareness about the harm that comes from seeking to suppress and change one’s sexuality and gender differences.
Sunday Service June 3rd, 2012
Pastor Dan, All Creation Groans.
Justin Lee, Sunday May 27th 2012
Executive Director, The Gay Christian Network
Justin Lee has been speaking to audiences for over ten years on matters of faith and sexuality. In that time, he’s gained a reputation as a fun, lighthearted speaker with a knack for making audiences laugh while helping them sort through confusing or controversial issues.
Justin founded The Gay Christian Network (GCN) in 2001 and currently serves as its Executive Director, overseeing ministry operations around the world, and speaking at conferences, on college campuses, and at churches. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and TV outlets, including The New York Times, OUT Magazine, The Associated Press, The Dr. Phil Show, HLN’s Prime News, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed “God Boy” by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events–his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the “ex-gay” movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible–that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.
But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members–or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that “in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace,” Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.
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