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‘God is Trans’: SOPHIE supporters pay tribute through charity auction

This month, close friends and collaborators of SOPHIE have put together an art auction in the US in her memory.

SOPHIE, a pioneering electronic music DJ and producer passed away suddenly in January this year after an unexpected fall in Athens.

Titled God Is Trans, the online auction was organised by friends and collaborators to “honour her radical generosity, artistic vision, and commitment to supporting the trans community”.

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The auction includes an impressive array of pieces, including artworks from the likes of Nick Harwood, who directed her brilliant music video for It’s Okay to Cry in 2018, as well as artists Renata Raksha, Emily Shubert and Nichole Fitch.

The collection also features a stunning white silk dress from Eckhaus Latta, which was modelled by SOPHIE for AW18.

SOPHIE was known for her gooey pop-ballads and latex-slick production – combining maximalist sound design with a poptimistic sentiment.

100 per cent of the auction’s proceeds are going to the Trans Justice Funding Project. The project directly funds grassroots trans justice groups across the US.

It also distributes more than $4.5 million in unrestricted grants to projects fighting “racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions” since its foundation in 2012.

Other friends and collaborators of SOPHIE have paid tributes separately since her death. In February this year, pop sensation Charli XCX wrote of her “special connection” to the artist on social media.

“It’s really hard for me to sum up the special connection I felt with such an amazing person who completely changed my life,” she wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, English musician A.G. Cook shared a touching tribute in her memory last month.

“I’m still processing SOPHIE’s life… Spent a lot of time these last few months reflecting on her uniqueness, our time together, and the impact she had on so many aspects of my life.”

And in spite of her death, SOPHE is still making waves in the music industry, proving her impact once again.

In March, a new SOPHIE track with Jlin called JSLOPIPHNIE was posthumously released as part of a compilation by Unsound Festival.

Meanwhile, Miami Bass duo Bassside have released a new EP this month called Fuck It Up, which was produced entirely by SOPHIE.