Inquest opened into death of transgender Accrington teacher Lucy Meadows

First published in News

AN inquest has been opened and adjourned following the death of a male teacher who decided to live as a woman.

Nathan Upton, 32, who went through a ‘transition’ to become Lucy Meadows at Christmas, was found dead at her home in Ramsbottom Street, Accrington, last week.

An inquest at Blackburn Register Office heard the St Mary Magdalen’s CE Primary School teacher’s body was found by her estranged wife Ruth Smith.

Coroner Michael Singleton told the short hearing: “I understand there have been previous attempts to commit suicide. I don’t know if they are relevant or not.”

He asked for various reports to be completed to establish a cause of death, before the inquest is resumed on May 28.

  • Last night hundreds of people staged a protest outside a national newspaper office in London calling for a columnist to be sacked over an article he wrote about Lucy Meadows.

More than 100,000 people have also signed an online petition calling for the columnist to be fired.

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3:31pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Steph_Holmes says...

"the death of a male teacher who decided to live as a woman"

Lucy was not a 'male teacher' nor had she 'decided' to live as a woman. Lucy was a transsexual. Since you obviously don't understand the term I'll explain.

Lucy had been a woman from birth, irrespective of how she appeared. Transsexuals don't 'decide' to live as women. You make it sound like a choice. It isn't. At all.

I'm transsexual. I've lost my wife, my daughters, my family, my job, my home. People have tried to beat me up 17 times. Do you seriously think this is a choice?

Your front page last Friday was typical of the misrepresentation of trans issues, and you aren't alone. Virtually all the national press did much the same, despite of the findings of the Leveson report and in breach of the editors code with regard to trans reporting.

You publishing a picture showing Lucy dressed as a male is unconscionable - she would have hated it, but of course she isn't around to complain. And the same phrase about a male teacher deciding to live as a woman, together with a liberal sprinkling of 'Nathan Upton' to sensationalise an otherwise tragic story.

I spoke to Lucy as IAG for Lancashire Constabulary last December and she was appalled by and distraught at the media circus ringing her phone and banging on her door at all hours of the day and night. Well done. That's following the spirit of the code.

Will the Early day motion 1256 make a difference? Can we expect anything different next time? Hmmmm I didn't think so.

Steph Holmes
"the death of a male teacher who decided to live as a woman" Lucy was not a 'male teacher' nor had she 'decided' to live as a woman. Lucy was a transsexual. Since you obviously don't understand the term I'll explain. Lucy had been a woman from birth, irrespective of how she appeared. Transsexuals don't 'decide' to live as women. You make it sound like a choice. It isn't. At all. I'm transsexual. I've lost my wife, my daughters, my family, my job, my home. People have tried to beat me up 17 times. Do you seriously think this is a choice? Your front page last Friday was typical of the misrepresentation of trans issues, and you aren't alone. Virtually all the national press did much the same, despite of the findings of the Leveson report and in breach of the editors code with regard to trans reporting. You publishing a picture showing Lucy dressed as a male is unconscionable - she would have hated it, but of course she isn't around to complain. And the same phrase about a male teacher deciding to live as a woman, together with a liberal sprinkling of 'Nathan Upton' to sensationalise an otherwise tragic story. I spoke to Lucy as IAG for Lancashire Constabulary last December and she was appalled by and distraught at the media circus ringing her phone and banging on her door at all hours of the day and night. Well done. That's following the spirit of the code. Will the Early day motion 1256 make a difference? Can we expect anything different next time? Hmmmm I didn't think so. Steph Holmes Steph_Holmes
  • Score: 11

3:51pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Excluded again says...

The Lancashire Telegraph has handled this story with all the sensitivity of a bear with a sore head. Mainly due to ignorance not malice - unlike some of the national press such as the Daily Mail.

Condolences to Lucy, her family and friends.
The Lancashire Telegraph has handled this story with all the sensitivity of a bear with a sore head. Mainly due to ignorance not malice - unlike some of the national press such as the Daily Mail. Condolences to Lucy, her family and friends. Excluded again
  • Score: 4

6:19pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Chuck-Norris says...

whats an IAG?
whats an IAG? Chuck-Norris
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Wed 27 Mar 13

Scooby says...

As Lucy was transgender, she should be in all cases referred to as a woman, not as a man who's decided to change. Being transgender isn't a choice and is a medically recognized condition.

What's happened to her is disgusting and I would expect the Telegraph to show more respect under the circumstances.
As Lucy was transgender, she should be in all cases referred to as a woman, not as a man who's decided to change. Being transgender isn't a choice and is a medically recognized condition. What's happened to her is disgusting and I would expect the Telegraph to show more respect under the circumstances. Scooby
  • Score: 4

6:47pm Wed 27 Mar 13

mavrick says...

I hope the professional advisor's who did not advise her to make a complete break and have a new start are called to account. The media concerned is a well known gutter rag.
I hope the professional advisor's who did not advise her to make a complete break and have a new start are called to account. The media concerned is a well known gutter rag. mavrick
  • Score: 1

8:56pm Wed 27 Mar 13

moztattoo says...

I'm relieved to see some sense talked on here for a change..thank you Steph_Holmes in particular for restoring my faith..and shame on you Lancs Telegraph and the national media.
RIP Lucy Meadows.
I'm relieved to see some sense talked on here for a change..thank you Steph_Holmes in particular for restoring my faith..and shame on you Lancs Telegraph and the national media. RIP Lucy Meadows. moztattoo
  • Score: 3

8:37am Thu 28 Mar 13

Jeff Wayne says...

Why can't the press just have the headlines, and run the story as follows...

We don't have all the information about what has happened or the knowledge of transgender issues, and due to that fact we can not make comment.

@Steph_Holmes I'm sorry that you have lost a lot in your life, I hope that you will have change to find happiness again. I also thank you for trying to educate this lot.
Why can't the press just have the headlines, and run the story as follows... We don't have all the information about what has happened or the knowledge of transgender issues, and due to that fact we can not make comment. @Steph_Holmes I'm sorry that you have lost a lot in your life, I hope that you will have change to find happiness again. I also thank you for trying to educate this lot. Jeff Wayne
  • Score: 1

11:35am Wed 10 Apr 13

BillyJ says...

You lot need to stop talking PC rubbish. He was a man who thought he was a woman and should have been treated by a head doctor not a surgeon.
I am fed up with all this transgender is normal rubbish.
You lot need to stop talking PC rubbish. He was a man who thought he was a woman and should have been treated by a head doctor not a surgeon. I am fed up with all this transgender is normal rubbish. BillyJ
  • Score: -2

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