When you are

QUEER

You have a lot of

HATE

Thrown at you…

Hello. I’m Steve Petersen, the originator of Bursting Through, let’s talk about the brand.
Bursting Through is what happened when my personal passion and professional skills connected and decided they had something to say. It is a reflection of my life but not a mirror image and in some ways has been creating itself my entire life. To understand Bursting through you have to know a bit about my journey.
I grew up in Audubon, IA, population 2000. It’s a slice of Americana smack dab in the middle of the country. Audubon has one stoplight, five churches, and three bars and is the proud home to Albert, the Worlds’ Largest Bull.

Bursting Through is a member supported, grassroots storytelling movement building the world’s largest library of stories celebrating the Queer-Straight relationship . Stories are the most powerful change agent we have to open hearts and minds. These stories collectively highlight our shared humanity and have the power to create sustainable equality for the Queer population.

Bursting Through gathers and produces Queer-Straight stories to share via ever-expanding media channels. These stories of Queer-Straight connection, allyship, awareness and breakthrough make an impact, recycling hate into love, and move us closer to sustainable equality for the Queer population.

Join us today to add your story to our library

Hello. I’m Steve Petersen, the originator of Bursting Through, let’s talk about the brand.
Bursting Through is what happened when my personal passion and professional skills connected and decided they had something to say. It is a reflection of my life but not a mirror image and in some ways has been creating itself my entire life. To understand Bursting through you have to know a bit about my journey.
I grew up in Audubon, IA, population 2000. It’s a slice of Americana smack dab in the middle of the country. Audubon has one stoplight, five churches, and three bars and is the proud home to Albert, the Worlds’ Largest Bull.

I’m Steve Petersen, Founder of Bursting Through. I’m on a mission to recycle hate into love through the power of storytelling. My 27-year career in marketing and visual merchandising took me on a journey from rural Iowa to Fortune 500 companies in Manhattan.

While my professional success informed much of my life’s work, it was my journey of coming out in my mid-20’s that cemented my core values of compassion, courage and change.

This Movement is empowered in part by my exhaustion as a 53-year-old-queer-man who can no longer stand the absolute absurdity of my civil rights being the subject of debate.

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