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Educating for Sustainability

The Educating for Sustainability series, which brings environmental scholars and leaders to NYU for public lectures, is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

This Fall's lecture will feature comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano.

A Queer Response to Climate Change—What Would Walt Whitman Do?

Peterson Toscano

October 11, 2017 | 6:30pm
New York University, Barasch Theater Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center,
50 West 4th Street, 1st Floor, Shimkin Hall
New York, NY 10012

Comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano takes on the biggest issue of them all–global warming–and does so with humor, heart, and hope. Drawing on his hilarious characters while also resurrecting the spirit of Walt Whitman, Peterson makes connections between LGBTQ issues and environmental justice. He also time travels to the past and the future. Peterson reveals both the seriousness of climate change with positive and possible visions of the future. Audience members will find themselves thinking in fresh new ways and considering their roles on this new planet.

Refreshments will be served.

Peterson Toscano's unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy.  Toscano is on a mission to connect with his audiences in deeply personal ways stirring up hope and purpose in a rapidly changing world. He has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine and has appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and NPR’s Morning Edition. Toscano is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and The Porch magazine. His essay, Transgender Gender During Passover, appears in the Lambda Award-winning anthology, Gender Outlaws—The Next Generation.  Toscano is the host of Citizens Climate Radio and the curator of His film, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, is currently moving through film festival process in North America, Europe, and Africa. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Glen Retief.

Free | Open to the public | RSVP