THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — ‘Hounded to death’ — that’s pretty much the conclusion reached by Coroner Michael Singleton on the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows. Meadows taught at Mary Magdalen’s Primary School in Accrington, Lancashire in the UK. Barely 3 months into transition, Meadows took her life after being exploitative fodder for UK tabloids. She was a direct target of transphobic columnist Richard Littlejohn of the Daily Mail.
Singleton said at an inquest the media engaged in ‘character assassination’ and he was at appalled at the ‘sensationalist and salacious’ barrage Meadows faced. The speaking to the media directly he said: “And to you, the press, I say shame – shame on all of you.”
For the first time, it was disclosed Meadows died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Singleton: “I will be writing to the government to consider now implementing in full the recommendations of the Leveson Report in order to seek to ensure that other people in the same position as Lucy Meadows are not faced with the same ill-informed bigotry as seems to be displayed in the case of Lucy.”
Stay tuned. There will be no doubt more to come.
A recent report on the Meadows suicide investigation: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/uk-press-watchdog-to-offer-guidance-for-transgender-issues-reporting/
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