TDoR 2003 / 2003 / May / 31 / Debbie Gould

Debbie Gould

Age 33

31 May 2003
London (United Kingdom)

Debbie Gould

Debbie died by suicide. The exact date of her death is not known, but it was sometime in May 2003.

THE bizarre double life of a transsexual Tesco cleaner ended when [she] hanged [herself] in a hotel, an inquest heard yesterday. Alcoholic [deadname], 33, was found dead in a blonde wig and a dress.

[deadname], from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, preferred to be known as Debbie Gould when [she] donned women's clothes on [her] frequent trips to London.

[Her] body was found hanging from a coat hook by a maid at the County Hotel in Bloomsbury, London, last May.

St Pancras Coroner's Court heard [deadname] had wanted a sex-change op.

But after telling colleagues at Tesco supermarket of his sex change ambitions, the inquest heard [she] became a subject of ridicule and was abused by bosses.

[Her] GP had agreed to write to the store asking their permission for [deadname] to dress in female uniform.

Doctor Flowerdew told the inquest that [deadname] was 'naive' and had not realised all the implications of a gender swap.

He claimed that when [deadname] told [her] father he wanted to [transition], [she] got an unsympathetic response.

Dr Flowerdew said: 'He said his [daughter] simply needed to find a woman and settle down.'

Alcohol abuse counsellor Kenneth Dicky revealed [deadname] had a history of heavy drinking.

Coroner Dr Andrew Reid said there were no suspicious circumstances and recorded a verdict of suicide.

Debbie's death was not recorded on the official TDoR 2003 list.

Report added: 7 Nov 2019. Last updated: 13 Nov 2019

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