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What is our Lenten Ethic?

Originally posted on REFLECTIONS:
I am reminded of the famous song by Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” whose words are poignant and poetic yet defiant and political. Though his answer is ambiguous, as it should be, the questions he asks are pretty weighty: How many times must the cannonballs fly before they’re forever banned?…

We Have Moved–New Blog

The time has come to say goodbye to all our company… No! Wait! Not Goodbye at all. I have just moved my blog address to my new and improved website. From now on you will find my cheeky and serious blog posts about queer, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, and gay issues, gender, climate change, faith, and […]

Facing the Unimaginable

At first I could not comprehend that my mom was actually dying. None of us did. She was never sick before, always the strong one taking care of all of us. Some realities are too big to grasp. Once we did understand what was happening though, my father, my sisters, and I found inner reserves […]

Eunuch-Inclusive Esther–Queer Theology 101

My contribution to the 2013 Queer Theology Synchroblog looks at the creation of queer theology, and how one of the best starting points is to see and name who is clearly queer in the text. If you go to almighty Google and type in a search List of Men in the Bible, you will find […]

Exodus, Alan Chambers, and the Ex-Gay Movement–A Survivor Responds

It has been a week since Alan Chambers publicly apologized and announced the closing of Exodus. So much can happen in one week. As I stood in front of the Supreme Court yesterday in the sweltering DC sun, the news of DOMA and Prop 8 easily overshadowed last week’s news of an apology and closing […]

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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 10:21pm on 11th mo. 3, 2009, Pieter-Jan said…
Jesus Loves You! However His views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the rest of this planet...

(this one came up on the subway to work this morning, hope you dig it!)
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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