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PEDRO LEMEBEL

Pedro Lemebel was a Chilean writer, chronicler and plastic artist. He was born in a marginal neighborhood and grew up in La Legua. He studied at the University of Chile, where he graduated as a professor of Plastic Arts. He worked in two schools from which he was allegedly fired for his homosexual appearance. He left teaching and devoted himself to literary workshops, where he met feminist writers who introduced him to alternative cultural organisms.

In 1986, at a meeting of the leftist parties at Mapocho Station, Pedro arrived in heels and makeup resembling a communist symbol. He then read his manifesto "Hablo por mi diferencia", a text that would be published in 2002 in a compilation by Juan Pablo Sutherland entitled "A corazón abierto: geografía literaria de la homosexualidad en Chile".

He is the author of the chronicle books "La esquina es mi corazón", "De perlas y cicatrices" and "Loco afán," among others, as well as the novel "Tengo miedo torero" and the graphic novel "Ella entró por la ventana del baño.” He touched on issues of homosexuality, prostitution, poverty and Chilean marginality, and used provocation as a tool for political and social denunciation.

He also took his talent to the stage and made important and infamous performances, such as "La Conquista de America" and "Las dos Fridas", along with artist Francisco Casas.

In 2011 he was diagnosed with larynx cancer and lost part of his voice. On September 4th, 2013 he was awarded the José Donoso award. In 2014 he was nominated for the Altazor Award for Essay and Scriptures of the Memory, and the Literature National Prize. He died in 2015 at age 62.

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