Transgender cartoonist faces vicious online attack, death threats

Transgender cartoonist faces vicious online attack, death threats

OTTAWA—In a week that saw Parliament edge one step closer to approving a law to protect transgender people from hate speech and violence, a prominent voice for transgender rights was silenced.But not for long.Meet Montreal cartoonist Sophie Labelle, a 29-year-old transgender woman, who saw her Facebook page targeted by a vicious and evidently coordinated online attack that deluged her and other transgender activists with hateful comments and death threats.“It was an orchestrated attack on several trans support groups, trans people, and trans artists’ pages, and, as a community manager who has one of the biggest trans pages on Facebook, I was a target of choice,” said Labelle in an interview Friday.Things took a more ominous turn when, on top of the trash talk, Labelle was “doxed” or received emails saying “Hey, look what we’ve got.”Article Continued BelowHer attackers posted to their own online forums her name and personal address, an aggressive tactic intended to intimidate or invite harassment or worse.Labelle did not call the police. She said she refrained because the harassment originated online from what she believes to be U.S. based groups bolstered by Canadian commenters, so she didn’t think the police could, or would, help.On Wednesday, in Halifax to launch her new comic book, Labelle was faced with more online death threats.

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