Peterson Toscano explains gender diversity — as portrayed in the bible

Attendees at the President’s Social Justice Series on Friday night at Haverford College will be entertained and informed by playwright, actor, and activist Peterson Toscano in a performance called “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible.”

NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller spoke with Toscano about the show, which seeks out bible characters who defy typical gender roles.

An independent bible scholar from a conservative background, Toscano says he turned to the book that had been used so often to bully him about gender. He asked: Who in the bible were breaking the rules about gender?

“I was shocked to discover some of the most important people in some of the most important stories are gender-variant,” said Toscano.

He explains some of the process behind the performance in the video below.

 

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