Transit 1, Trannie 0

Submitted without comment to the dossier on human rights advocates (h/t 1.524 Meters of Malice):

A renowned human rights lawyer allegedly pushed to his death under a Tube train was living a secret life as a transsexual escort.

David Burgess, 63, who was also known as Sonia, offered his services on a website, where he advertised himself as a ‘pre-op’ transsexual escort looking for paid encounters with men.

Mr Burgess was killed instantly when he was hit by a train at King’s Cross Underground station during rush hour on Monday evening.

A 34-year-old woman, Nina Kanagasingham, has been charged with his murder.

They mean “woman”.

Mr Burgess, who had two adult daughters and a son by his ex-wife, was a senior partner in his firm, with more than 40 years’ experience in immigration law. He had brought human rights cases against North Korea.

His family knew him as both Sonia and David.

Mr Burgess had been dressing in women’s clothing for four years and had set up profiles on two transgender websites as Sonia Jardiniere.

Look, I’ll confess that I’m creeped out, but if I had encountered Sonia Jardiniere, I would have just moved to the other end of the platform. Push him under the train? Now, that’s sick.

Besides, other than working for “human rights”, he sounds harmless:

Under the heading ‘things I like’, he wrote: ‘Fashion, makeup, shopping, romance, Look magazine, romantic films and most guys but let’s not forget girls a guy is for 40mns [though maybe the next one will fall in love with me…] but a wardrobe is for a season.’

So true.


  1. Saul Levy said,

    October 30, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Pre-op ruins the encounter, doesn’t it?


  2. Buck O'Fama said,

    October 30, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    Is it just me or did anyone else think that was a picture of Cher?

  3. mickyb said,

    October 30, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    Strange and scary that someone could be in a job of that stature and still have a mental illness,

  4. Hm said,

    November 11, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    who is sick… the person who died or the mindless idiots on these sites writing their idiotic and unfounded comments…???? You did not know this person so who do you think you are? take a good look at yourselves… do you really think when you look in the mirror you are that great, that you make a difference to peoples lives? that you serve worthwhile causes and help people less fortunate than yourselves?? do you do good works and are youkind and compassionate? do you help people and think of others before yourself? Are you goodhearted kind and caring ? This innocent person did and if you read past the salacious gutter press and read the obits and comments in more intellectual (hmmm maybe that is the problem there) areas of the media you would see what an amzaing person this was. This person was also my friend. Believe me you do not know what you are talking about and if you do not know what you are talking about maybe you should not discuss something until you do – remember a human being died here – have some compassion for another human being and a beautiful and wonderful one at that.

  5. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    November 11, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

    I’m sorry about your friend. I’m also sure you can see the macabre nature of the story. But I agree that David/Sonia does not deserve to be mocked in death.


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