The Toronto Fierce Femme Organizers!

The 2014 Honoured Dyke Group is the Toronto Fierce Femme Organizers. This group was nominated because in order to keep a community strong, a whole force of equally strong leaders needs to build and maintain it. Toronto’s queer communities are filled with such amazing diversity and activism that can only survive and stay relevant with the strength and persistence of these organizers. Regardless of what organizations these individuals belong to, they are a group themselves, a group that works together, in tandem, and individually to ensure that the community maintains its dynamism and effectiveness.

Meet two of the Fierce Femmes: Leah and Belle!

leahLeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer cis femme mixed Sri Lankan writer, performer, educator, organizer, badass visionary healer, and sick and crazy genius. The author of the Lambda Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide (TSAR) and co edito of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End Press.) Her work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Sister, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.

With Cherry Galette, she co-founded Mangos With Chili, North America’s performance incubator for Two Spirit, queer and trans people of color performance artists, and is a lead artist with Sins Invalid. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future” and she is one of the the 2013 Autostraddle Alternative Hot 105. She has taught, performed and lectured across North America, Sri Lanka and Australia and co-founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School. Her third book of poetry, Bodymap, and first memoir, Dirty River, are forthcoming. T.O. 2QTPOC, Allied Media Conference and INCITE! family forever, she loves femmes of color and Indigenous femmes, sick and disabled and Deaf and Crazy queers, the brokeass and the Black and brown with all her heart. All her works are prayers towards building power within disability, healing and transformative justice movements towards collective liberation and decolonization.

Check her out here:
http://www.brownstargirl.org/

01-sondra1Mademoiselle Belle Jumelles is a voluptuous burlesque performer, an event producer, an Emcee and cabaret singer. Her style of performance is inspired by classic burlesque but also includes elements of humour, cabaret and a whole lot of sass. She is a Femmes Fatale, she’s a programmer with World Pride, she produces Butch Femme Salon with Titus Androgynous, and she’s one of the co-producers of A Platinum Production with St.Stella and Johnny B Goode. They have been producing sell-out burlesque and variety shows for over 2 years including the Diva-Off series and Belle’s Boudoir. She can often be scene out and about supporting other queer events in the city. Her favorites include the Queer Slow Dance, Steers and Queers, and the Bent Beauty Pageant. She has crazy curves, powerful pipes and a vampy personality and is absolutely honoured to be included in a group as powerful as the Fierce Femme Organizers.Check her out here:
https://www.facebook.com/bellejumelles
http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride2014/butch-femme-salon-world-pride-edition-under-the-covers/

 

To add more femmes to the group, contact us!

Email: dykemarchto@gmail.com
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @dykemarchTO
Instagram: @dykemarchto

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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