Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha


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in Worcester, Massachusetts, The United States
April 21, 1975

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The offspring of a Sri Lankan father and a Irish-Ukrianian mother, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was raised in Worcester, Mass, an eastern rust belt city known for dirty water and busted buildings. A scholarship baby from the age of 8, they moved to New York at 18 to get a BA from Eugene Lang College / New School for Social Research, but ended up learning a lot more from the student, squatter, spoken word, women of color and queer/trans of color movements. They left New York for Toronto in 1997 hoping to no longer be the only Sri Lankan in the room, and succeeded! They have performed their spoken word all over North America , in front of audiences at Yale and Oberlin and at immigrant rights rallies and benefits for queer youth resource ...more

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“Do more than:Stop self-destructing. Save each other. Not have a nervous breakdown or six by twenty five. Decolonize our minds, our hair, our hearts. Transform into the phoenixes we were all meant to be.”
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“I find, that, in general, alliances based on friendship are the only things that last. Not alliances based on words and letters.”
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“I said I loved her. That was when all the problems started”
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