Trans artist with a nappy fetish 'kink' invited to speak at a children's library

Sheffield Central Library is being criticised for hosting a transgender artist to speak about the challenges growing up trans at an event advertised as suitable for "teens and families".

Sophie Labelle, an artist from Canada who identifies as female, will speak on Monday evening about their art, activism and book The Best of Assigned Male.

Assigned Male is a web comic that addresses issues of gender featuring the character Stephie, 11, a transgirl who discovers and embraces her gender.

Ms Labelle has publicly spoken about creating 'diaperfur art' on social media. Writing in a 2021 tweet: “I have a kink I indulge responsibly and I refuse to be shamed for it".

Diaperfur describes images related to someone with an interest in animal characters with human characteristics, and an interest in wearing nappies as part of baby roleplay.

Miriam Cates, Conservative MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, has written to Sheffield County Council, calling for the event to be cancelled or for an age limit of 18 to be imposed.

She wrote: “Even the most cursory background checks on Sophie Labelle throw up serious safeguarding red flags.

“No-one who seeks to normalise sexual fetish or who associates children with sexual arousal should be allowed anywhere near children, and they certainly would not pass any recognised safeguarding checks."

Ms Cates said she has asked the council to urgently investigate the matter and "to act to safeguard children."

Ms Labelle told journalists: "The books and comics I have published are educational and do not feature anything inappropriate for the youth.

"The idea that anything a transwoman creates has a sexual subtext or perverse undertones is pure transphobia."

A spokesperson for Sheffield County Council said: “In Sheffield, it is a sold-out ticketed event for guests to hear Sophie speak about her art, and growing up trans. 

“Sheffield is a diverse and inclusive city and it is right that our programme of activity reflects that."

TalkTV approached Sheffield City Council for a statement but received no response.