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How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement With Theater

Interview 9 Comments

Peterson Toscano tried everything he could to “cure” himself of being gay, including living in a residential “gay-reparative” treatment center. Then he discovered Quakers. Now he travels the country telling his story.

Comments 9

  1. Barbara

    City & State
    Nanaimo, B.C.
    Peterson, I am in awe and humbled by your words. Very powerful. I will be sharing this on my blog.

    Namaste, friend.

  2. Robin Dopson

    City & State
    Ewing
    A truly heartfelt opening of a way to live in the light. I salute your courage and persistence to find peace.

  3. John

    City & State
    Texas
    Powerful, thank you. A role model for this nonthiest Quaker to “come out,” although not through performance art, LOL

  4. Chester M. Kirchman DMin

    City & State
    Fredericksburg, PA
    It is nice to see more people being honest and open near my old home area, Columbia/Montour counties. The Millville Meeting, mentioned has a school across the road from it, that my mother graduated from and I served as a substitute teacher at. With Susquehanna (Lutheran), Bucknell, and Bloomsburg Universities in the area, liberal influences are also in that part of central PA. Some of the people, who were anti-homosexual, may have overcome this inappropriately preached idea, similar to a friend’s anti-black in the family belief, years ago, who loves taking care of black and white great grandchildren. In this area of central PA, Lancaster/Lebanon counties, many residents, including Mennonites or Amish, still wish to openly downgrade homosexuality as sinful or anti-God. Accepting each other’s inner self is still difficult for some people, but as Peterson has shown, one needs some way of showing one’s honest self. Presenting false fronts only creates more problems similar to flipping houses with artificial increase in price, decreases the value of a dollar.

  5. John Calvi

    City & State
    Putney Vermont
    Good work, Peterson! Thanks. Good to see your story so clearly in context and how life and work are aspects of art well blended towards healing. And great editing by Jon.

  6. Anne Price

    City & State
    NSW
    I have proudly shared this on my Facebook page and delight to see Peterson tell his story. Bless,

  7. Irene Oleksiw

    City & State
    Downingtown, PA
    This piece ranks among QuakerSpeak’s top 10. It is a compelling story about one man’s journey to self-acceptance and a testimony to one of Quakerism’s central beliefs about the light of God in each of us. Peterson also eloquently articulated the power of good theater.

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