Tributes paid to lawyer killed at Tube station
Saturday 30 October 2010
Members of the transgender community have paid tribute to a renowned cross-dressing human rights lawyer who died this week when he was hit by a Tube train during rush hour.
David Burgess, 63, who was known by the name of Sonia, was killed in front of scores of commuters on Monday evening at King's Cross Station. A 34-year-old woman, Nina Kanagasingham, has been charged with his murder.
On message boards used by the transgender community a number of tributes have appeared, hailing the father of two for both his role in the community and as a human rights lawyer with Luqmani Thompson and Partners.
Suzanne Clare, who described herself as a "cross-dresser from London", posted: "I feel devastated by the meaningless destruction of a loving and gifted person. I am proud to have been one of her friends – her passing will always leave a void in my life."
Mr Burgess used well-known transgender websites both to meet partners and advertise himself as an escort. He had posted a number of profiles under the name Sonia Jardiniere.
On the website Birchplace, which bills itself as a "lifestyle fetish community", the solicitor advertised himself as an escort and posted several photographs of himself as a woman, describing himself as having a "party doll" personality.
Under the heading "Things I like", he wrote: "Fashion, make-up, shopping, romance, Look magazine, romantic films and most guys but let's not forget girls a guy is for 40mins [though maybe the next one will fall in love with me...] but a wardrobe is for a season."
Although legally a man, his family called him Sonia and were fully aware, as were his work colleagues, of his two identities.
As a solicitor he was involved in a number of key immigration and human rights cases. In 1993 Mr Burgess was instrumental in a case involving then Home Secretary Kenneth Baker, who became the first minister to be held to be in contempt for defying a court order banning the deportation of an asylum-seeker.
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 2 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 4 Amy Winehouse unpublished 2004 interview: ‘Ten years from now I’ll be 30, so I’ll maybe have one baby’
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights