Peterson Toscano
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I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband, Glen Retief. When I am not traveling doing silly comedies about serious issues, I am home gardening, cooking, reading, and watching trashy TV.
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Hi, I am Peterson Toscano from Pennsdale Friends Meeting. I travel in ministry doing in-reach around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer concerns and outreach as a public Friend.

I have presented at several Quaker meetings and regional and national gatherings offering one-person comedies including Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House and The Re-Education of George W. Bush--No President Left Behind!

My newest play is Transfigurations--Transgressing Gender in the Bible, a piece about transgender and gender variant Bible characters. I also facilitate workshops for young and older Friends on topics such as the Bible, Quakerism and activism.

I want to present something at YOUR meeting! :-)

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Talking about a Queer Quaker Response to Climate Change

Posted on 5th mo. 5, 2014 at 8:26pm 1 Comment

Last year I visited Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and presented the first inklings of a talk around the odd question, What is a Queer Response to Climate Change? As a gay guy, a person of faith from a Christian background now sporting Quaker bonnet and Friendly ways, I daily feel pulled in many different justice directions as my social media feed gets bloated with scores of vital worthy causes--LGBTQ Rights, immigration reform, the reform of the prison industrial complex,… Continue

A Brief History of My Leading & My Next Steps

Posted on 4th mo. 29, 2014 at 4:23am 0 Comments

As a Quaker, I have benefited from both Clearness Committees and a Support Committee as I experienced them at Hartford Friends Meeting where I was a member from 2001 until 2010. I cannot calculate the many ways these Quaker processes helped me to find clarity and stay on track over the past 10 years of solo performance activism.

Back in October 2002 I sat in my tiny apartment in Hartford, CT considering a play I had in mind which would reveal to the world the 17 years I spent… Continue

How I met Glen--OR why I am forever indebted to FGC

Posted on 4th mo. 25, 2011 at 10:30am 1 Comment

Since finally coming out gay in my early 30′s (after 17 years of self-imposed therapies to de-gay myself) I was never that keen on finding a partner. Sure I dated, and I met some great guys, but first off I knew I had a ton of gunk to work through. One cannot go to war against one’s sexuality and personality the way I did without needing serious recovery. The Ex-Gay Movement with all the faulty oppressive teaching  “ministers” and… Continue

Quakers--Not Violent; Just Passive Aggressive

Posted on 4th mo. 19, 2011 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

What a terrible generalization that would work so well on a bumper sticker. "Quakers. Not violent. Just passive aggressive." When I speak among Friends in Quaker venues or among folks who know little about the Religious Society of Friends, this joke (I'm a Quaker, I do not get violent--just passive aggressive) always gets a laugh.

With comic performances we comics most consistently employ two types of jokes.

1. The absurd "What if..."…


Henry Kissinger Had a Boob Job! (Some friendly satire)

Posted on 4th mo. 18, 2011 at 9:12pm 0 Comments

Actually I do not know if Henry Kissinger in fact did have a boob job. It's more of an unconfirmed rumor. But it is possible that Henry Kissinger had his boobs done--most likely breast reduction and possibly pec implants.

I guess it is inappropriate to write about the body modifications of a former secretary of state or to speculate about his breasts. Political figures… Continue

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At 9:49am on 6th mo. 3, 2010, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa said…
Dear Peterson
thanks so much for your good word. and be your friend

At 6:03pm on 10th mo. 11, 2009, Walter Hjelt Sullivan said…
Hope you are well and our paths cross soon.
Much love,
At 8:16pm on 8th mo. 12, 2009, C. Morningbear Cullimore Mercer said…
I think Ben Franklin was trans, and he really did not get on with flirting until he was ambassador to France well into his Golden years. I have been studying the old fellow for years. I once planned to do a show but my ability to attract backers and write script conflicted so both went into the darkest place in the file cabinet. He was a bit of a rustic fop in the court of King Louis.

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