November 13th, 2006

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's visit to Montreal!

Concordia University’s History Department and The
Simone de Beauvoir Institute present:

Spoken word performance and book launch by queer
Sri Lankan performance poet:
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
launching her first collection of work

Thursday, November 16, 2006
Pharmacie Esperanza
5490 St. Laurent, Montréal, QC
(Cross Street – St. Viateur)
8 PM- 11 PM

With fierce power, Piepzna-Samarasinha tells raw
truths about brown girl border crossings before
and after 9/11, queer of color life and high femme
rebellions. Consensual Genocide celebrates our
survival and marks our rebel memories into history.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a U.S. raised,
Toronto-based queer Sri Lankan writer, spoken word
artist and arts educator. Her writing has been
published in the anthologies Homelands, We Don't
Need Another Wave, BitchFest, With a Rough Tongue:
Femmes Write Porn, Colonize This!, Dangerous
Families, the Lambda Award-nominated Brazen Femme,
as well as in the periodicals Lodestar Quarterly,
Mizna, Exile, Bamboo Girl, big boots, Broken
Pencil, Fireweed, and Anything That Moves. A
frequent contributor to Bitch and Colorlines, she
has performed her work widely throughout North
America. Check out Leah’s website at:
Age of Innocence
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Elton John Blasts Religion

So Elton John wants religion banned... [link] ...because followers are encouraged to hate gays. According to the article, John said religion only works to chastise homosexuality and convince people it's wrong. "It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."

Well I sympathize to a point, because I, like all queers, have been rejected by most world religions.

However, an important part of being a tolerant person is to be tolerant of religion.

I'm proud to be a Buddhist, for many reasons, but also because it does not condemn homosexuality. (proof that gay-friendly religions do exist) But even religions which do condemn homosexuality are valid points of view. (even if wrong) We'll never change anyone's mind by urging the banning of religion. I hope Elton John was being facetious.

People must feel free to believe whatever they choose... up until the point where they act.

If we can't be tolerant of their points of view they'll never be tolerant of ours.