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Transgender woman's journey in selfies

Transgender woman's selfies document transition

Christine Beynon was born as Alan - and came out as female in her mid-60s. She's documented her transition in a series of selfie portraits. Christine talks about growing up in a conservative village in Ireland, and deciding to publicly embrace her identity many years later. (Photo: Christine Benyon. Courtesy of Christine Beynon and Amanda Dunsmore. The selfies are part of the 'Becoming Christine' exhibition - http://www.galwayartscentre.ie/exhibitions/123-becoming-christine - at the Galway Arts Centre, Ireland)

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Mother of transgender inmate claims prison 'responsible' for daughter's death

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

The mother of transgender woman inmate Vikki Thompson has claimed HMP Leeds was responsible for her death.

An inquest jury concluded Miss Thompson, who was found dead in her cell at the jail on 13 November, was let down by the NHS, Prison Service and her family.

But they ruled it was right she was held in a male jail and that she did not intend to take her own life.

Vikki Thompson pictured with her partner
BBC

The jury heard Miss Thompson (pictured above, right) was placed on an hourly suicide watch when she arrived at HMP Leeds.

Her mother Lisa Harrison said: "I do not feel that the prison fully appreciated Vikki's vulnerabilities and I believe their lack of insight has resulted in her death."

Transgender prisoner 'let down by prison, NHS and family'

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A transgender woman inmate who died in a men's prison while on remand was let down by the NHS, Prison Service and her family, an inquest jury has concluded.

Vikki Thompson, 21, from Keighley, was found dead in her cell at HMP Leeds on 13 November 2015 with a ligature around her neck.

Vikki Thompson
BBC

But the jury at the two-week inquest in Wakefield concluded it was right she was held in a male jail and that she did not intend to take her own life.

More attention should have been paid to Vikki as a transgender woman with a history from a previous stay in the prison. Throughout her chaotic life, Vikki has been let down by various departments including the NHS, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the Prison Service and also by her family."

Inquest foremanWakefield Coroners Court