Get a trans book in classrooms!
I am Sophie Labelle, a cartoonist as well as a children's literature author.
As a former elementary school teacher, I know how limited classroom budgets are, but as someone who grew up trans, I also know how important it is for trans youth to be in contact with positive trans fictional characters. So here's my idea :
I made this children's book titled "A Girl Like Any Other" about four years ago, about a young girl's transition and her family and friends. It's basically the book that launched my career as an author. It allowed me to draw more and to meet some of the most amazing families that I know, and gave me the background setting for my comic series "Assigned Male".
As it's almost back-to-school time, I want to send copies of the book for free to elementary teachers that are willing to have it in their classrooms. All they will have to do is to send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook before August 15th.
The goal is to get the budget to print 200 copies as well as enough money to cover shipping fees for all over the world. I'll adjust the goal if I see that the demand is higher than that.
It costs around 8$ to print one single copy, and we can estimate a median of 4$ for the shipping (it's 2$ for Canada - where I live, - 3$ for the US and 5.50$ worldwide). We need to add 7% for the handling of the money by GoFundMe and Paypal, so that's 12.84$ per copy - so 2568$ for 200 copies.
If there's any money left from the campaign, it will be donated to the Trans Lifeline.
I'm still gathering contacts from k-6 teachers from around the world, don't hesitate to reach out to teachers that you know!
I decided to raise the goal for the sole purpose of making a hard-cover version of it instead of a soft cover (it would break less easily). I never did that so I'll have to reach out to printing companies before I can have more details, I'll keep you updated!
This is a great idea It will help children realise there is no shame in being themselves and not to judge minority groups
It's odd how so many people are willing to donate money towards advocating the disruption of child growth. Congratulations, you somehow found a way to gather regressives.
How can I purchase one of the books