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.