b. 1953

Leslie Uyeda composed Canada's first lesbian opera, When the Sun Comes Out, commissioned by Vancouver Queer Arts Festival. It is a story of forbidden love, divided loyalties and culture clash. It explores the oppression that queers face, and the risks they take, in nations where homosexuality is illegal. 

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A close headshot of a smiling Uyeda with short, grey hair and wire-framed glasses.