Self-proclaimed ‘quirky, queer, Quaker’ to perform comedy gig in Richmond

What do climate change, LGBTQ issues, faith and art have in common? For comedian and Bible scholar Peterson Toscano, a lot.

“Art is essential in communicating complicated issues with the public,” says Toscano, who will be bringing his one-person comedy show exploring all of these topics to Richmond’s Gilmore Park United Church on Wednesday.  

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As a Bible scholar and survivor of gay conversion therapy, Toscano uses comic storytelling to engage his audiences in deeper discussions and, in this particular show, will dig into the question “who in the Bible transgress and transcends gender?”

“When I see a group of young people who’ve encountered Peterson Toscano, I see a light in their eyes when they speak of him.  As if his way of being and teaching calls to their hearts – as well as their sense of humour,” said Gilmore Park United Church’s Rev. Maggie Watts-Hammond in a press release.

The Wednesday, Nov. 14 show will include a lecture and a time for a meet and greet, all beginning at 6:30 p.m. An afterhours conversation will begin with young adults over coffee at 9:30 p.m.

Toscano is a popular performer world-wide and was featured in the Greenbelt Festival of Arts, Faith and Justice in Britain for the past three years.

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