Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Anti-Bullying Performance Art

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Peterson Toscano
  • Peterson Toscano

Theatrical performance activist Peterson Toscano and his partner Glen Retief, author of The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood, will perform excerpts from their work on Sunday, March 4th in an effort to raise awareness about bullying, identity, and radical affirmation.

The free performance, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church (7350 Raleigh-Lagrange), will feature Toscano performing pieces from his plays, such as Doin' Time In the Homo No Mo Halfway House, and Retief reading from his memoir.

Ex-gay survivor Toscano attended Love In Action's adult residential program in the 1990s in an attempt to alter his sexuality. He's now an outspoken critic of ex-gay reparative therapy. Retief spent years at an all-boys boarding school in Apartheid South Africa, where bullies tried to beat the gay out of him. Retief's memoir addresses the bullying he faced as a child.

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