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!
Leah 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.
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