Peterson Toscano's unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy.
He asks himself and his audiences unusual and stimulating questions: Who are the gender outlaws in the Bible? What is a queer response to climate change? and How can comedy help us better understand our most tragic losses?
Peterson is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. He has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, the Trya Banks Show, and NPR Morning Edition. Peterson is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and The Porch magazine. His essay, Transgender Gender During Passover, appears in the Lambda Award winning Anthology, Gender Outlaws—The Next Generation. Peterson is the host of Citizens Climate Radio and the curator of ClimateStew.com. His film, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, tells the stories of gender non-conforming Bible characters. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Glen Retief.