Transgender campaigner Chrissie Edkins 'was unsure of her identity', inquest hears

Chrisie Edkins

Chrisie Edkins

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

A TRANSGENDER singer who led the charge for a Gay Pride event in Southampton hanged herself, an inquest heard.

Chrisie Edkins, 33, was found dead at home in Hope Road, West End, in June.

The well-known campaigner for equal rights had been undergoing gender reassignment treatment to become a woman for years but had not yet had an operation.

But the inquest heard she had been severely depressed in the months up to her death and was confused over her gender identity.

She was found by her partner of three years Kinga Sidorka, who said Miss Edkins would often have mood swings.

Miss Sidorka, of Jerome Court, Thornhill, said: “We would have bad days and good days but I loved her and she loved me.

“She said she did not know if she was going to be happier as a man or a woman. She was not sure completely.”

Miss Sidorka, who has a background in first aid, tried to resuscitate Miss Edkins but was unsuccessful and she was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest also heard she had a history of drinking and had not been taking prescribed anti-depressants.

But Coroner for Central Hampshire Grahame Short said there was not enough evidence to record a verdict of suicide.

He said: “At the time of her death she had not had a full transition to become a woman and I believe that uncertainty was a major factor and her gender identity clearly troubled her.

“I think she was very confused in her mind as to her very existence and seems to have done something very impulsive.”

He recorded an open verdict at the Coroner’s Court in Winchester.

Chrisie had previously spoken to the Daily Echo about her campaigning work and her wish to see a Gay Pride event staged in her home city of Southampton.

Her friends and family have pledged to carry on the campaign in her memory.

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2:05pm Tue 5 Nov 13

aussie_wench says...

Utter rubbish. Having known Chrisie for several years, I can honestly say she was not confused in any way about her gender identity. There is so much more to this story than what is written here. I just hope the real truth comes out over time.
Utter rubbish. Having known Chrisie for several years, I can honestly say she was not confused in any way about her gender identity. There is so much more to this story than what is written here. I just hope the real truth comes out over time. aussie_wench
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12:48am Thu 7 Nov 13

sotonizzygirl says...

I don't even know where to begin with this story.
I had the pleasure of knowing Chris and then the pleasure of seeing her transform into Chrisie and I can say in all honesty that yes the people who knew her i mean really knew her knew she suffered with depression but to say she was not happy with her transition is just awful or to say that she suffered because of her decision is just as awful .
Just because she had not had a full transition to become a woman did not mean she was uncertain,lots of transgendered people have the full op and lots Choose not to.
Chrisie was a woman to all who knew her and to say otherwise..,well it undermines everything good she did for the LGBT community,it undermines everything she fought so hard for and to sit here and read this must break the hearts of her family and friends.
I for one will remember her for the kind,caring,supporti
ve, loving,generous, funny and devoted person she really was,and i will always be thankful to have known her and her family for the many year that I did,I will always cherish the laughs,the tears,the good and the bad times we shared together,and i hope that anyone reading this story would try to remember that not everything we read is the full story.
Chrisie knew who She was......and we loved her for it.."always be true to yourself" babygirl .
I don't even know where to begin with this story. I had the pleasure of knowing Chris and then the pleasure of seeing her transform into Chrisie and I can say in all honesty that yes the people who knew her i mean really knew her knew she suffered with depression but to say she was not happy with her transition is just awful or to say that she suffered because of her decision is just as awful . Just because she had not had a full transition to become a woman did not mean she was uncertain,lots of transgendered people have the full op and lots Choose not to. Chrisie was a woman to all who knew her and to say otherwise..,well it undermines everything good she did for the LGBT community,it undermines everything she fought so hard for and to sit here and read this must break the hearts of her family and friends. I for one will remember her for the kind,caring,supporti ve, loving,generous, funny and devoted person she really was,and i will always be thankful to have known her and her family for the many year that I did,I will always cherish the laughs,the tears,the good and the bad times we shared together,and i hope that anyone reading this story would try to remember that not everything we read is the full story. Chrisie knew who She was......and we loved her for it.."always be true to yourself" babygirl . sotonizzygirl
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4:17am Thu 7 Nov 13

aussie_wench says...

It was one of Chrisie's housemates who gave CPR, NOT Kinga as stated in the story. I spoke to the housemate & others the day after Chrisie was found.
It seems the facts & truth have not been told.

I totally agree with the above comments. Knowing Chrisie was one of the best things that ever happened. We shared many hrs on skype. The time she asked me to stay on skype while she slept, just so she had company when feeling down.
I miss her dearly.
It was one of Chrisie's housemates who gave CPR, NOT Kinga as stated in the story. I spoke to the housemate & others the day after Chrisie was found. It seems the facts & truth have not been told. I totally agree with the above comments. Knowing Chrisie was one of the best things that ever happened. We shared many hrs on skype. The time she asked me to stay on skype while she slept, just so she had company when feeling down. I miss her dearly. aussie_wench
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