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"Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible"

Posted 04/27/2010
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Peterson Toscano. Photo by Lori D. Ariz.

Peterson Toscano. Photo by Lori D. Ariz.

“Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible” will be the subject of a presentation by performance activist Peterson Toscano on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium.

The program is the final event in the year-long "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium."

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please call the University box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.

Peterson Toscano is a theatrical performance activist who uses comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns. He spent 17 years and more than $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 and speaking in the media. After a decade of “detoxing” from years of repression and misinformation, Toscano began to go beyond his own experience to write plays that explore sexism, racism, the environment, violence, and gender. This newest play is about transgender Bible characters.

Toscano’s journey out of the closet was long and complicated. After years of submitting to reparative therapy through counseling and ex-gay support groups in the United States, England, and Ecuador, he enrolled in the ex-gay residential program, “Love in Action,” in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated successfully from the program nearly two years later, but in January 1999 he finally came out and fully accepted himself as a gay man. Since that time, Toscano has worked to undo the damage of gay reparative therapy in his own life. He has also raised public awareness about the harm that comes from seeking to suppress and change one’s sexuality and gender differences.

The "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium" series is sponsored by the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program and the Office of the Provost. The members of the colloquium planning committee are Jilda Aliotta, Mary Dowst, Marcia Moen, Katie Roy '09, Paul Siegel, and Donn Weinholtz.

Peterson Toscano. Photo by Lori D. Ariz.

Peterson Toscano. Photo by Lori D. Ariz.