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Gay activist and comedian Peterson Toscano will playfully explore the serious worlds of gender, religion and climate change at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Through his one-person comedies and lively lectures, Toscano has delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe and Africa as he takes on social justice concerns. His plays and talks humorously explore the serious topics of LGBTQ issues, sexism, racism, privilege, gender and climate change.
Toscano is a playwright, actor, Bible scholar, blogger, podcaster and gay activist who has performed throughout the world at countless events and on radio and television. He has published dozens of articles and is frequently interviewed in all media formats. In addition, he has served as a consultant to several major LGBT national organizations in the United States and United Kingdom. As someone who lived nearly 20 years as an evangelical Christian, Toscano connects regularly with evangelical and conservative Christians around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns. Now a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Peterson lives in Sunbury, Pa., with his husband, Lambda Award-winning author Glen Retief, and their two cats, Wally and Emma.
The event is sponsored by the Equality Affinity Community Housing program, one of several residential campus communities formed as part of a new program in which students and faculty explore academic interests beyond formal classroom boundaries.