British Lancashire artist Chris Fittock has dedicated his latest show to Lucy Meadows, the transgender primary school teacher who was found dead after her transition was leaked to the media.
Fittock’s exhibition, Transcending Perceptions, is about the artist coming out as a cross-dresser. He said he hopes the paintings will ‘help spread the message of acceptance’ towards the transgender community, Lancashire Telegraph reports.
The painter, who kept his cross-dressing secret until he was 52, did not know Meadows but when she died he contacted her old school to ask them if he could dedicate the show to her. ‘They were happy for me to do so,’ he said.
The exhibition is at the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, near to where Meadows lived and worked.
‘Since the age of eight I had been secretly cross-dressing, something I had never managed to come to terms with, this had left me with bouts of depression, low self esteem and confusion as to why I would so desperately want to explore my feminine side, and wear woman’s clothes,’ said Fittock in a statement about his art. His paintings feature self-portraits of the artist in masculine and feminine form.
Meadows was found dead in March. She had been hounded by the press after news of her transition was leaked. Her death prompted calls for Richard Littlejohn, the Daily Mail columnist who wrote ‘He’s not only in the wrong body. He’s in the wrong job’ about Meadows, to be sacked and led to a debate in parliament about transphobia in the media.