“Assigned Male” artist Sophie Labelle to speak at MCC
Sophie Labelle, creator of the webcomic “Assigned Male,” will speak at Mott Community College Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Regional Technology Center Auditorium on the main campus in Flint. Her appearance is sponsored by the MCC Art & Design Club, and the Social Work Club. The event is free and open to the public.
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Labelle, a young transgender artist from Montreal, is internationally known for “Assigned Male,” about the adventures of a group of trans teenagers. She also published several novels and children's books. Labelle is also active in the transgender rights movement and speaks on the subjects of trans history and transfeminism.
“Assigned Male” addresses issues of gender norms and privilege through the character of 11-year-old Stephie, a trans girl discovering and embracing her gender. Labelle has said that while working with transgender children, she "noticed how negative everything we tell them about their own body is, so I wanted to create a character that could respond to all those horrible things trans kids hear all the time." Labelle has made educational guides to go with the comics, to promote safer spaces for trans youth.
Labelle has written several books and zines about gender identity and expression, including The Genderific Coloring Book, A Girl Like Any Other, Ciel at Camp Fabulous, and Gender Euphoria. She also wrote the children's book My Dad Thinks I'm a Boy?! which is a prequel to the webcomic Assigned Male. The book is about the relationship between Stephie and her father Martin. Additionally, she has created trans-centered sex education materials for Trans Student Educational Resources.
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