It is with great sadness and with heavy hearts we are sharing the news of the death of activist, advocate, campaigner and dearest friend to so many of us here, Imogen Christie.
Imogen was a massive part in of our ‘Friends of Sahir House’ community, one of the first Trans Health Merseyside Project peer mentors, collaborator on many LGBTQIA + projects (most recently IDAHOBIT) an innovative and visionary leader for many local initiatives challenging inequalities and discrimination. They were Vice Chair of CMAGIC (Cheshire and Merseyside Adult Gender Identity Collaborative) and was currently working on a project with LCR Pride and the Museum of Liverpool leading up to this year’s International Pronouns Day.
Imogen led on many recent local initiatives around key issues for trans, non-binary and the wider LGBTQIA + community such as; recent local research on gender neutral toilet facilitie; Trans Day of Visibility; International Pronouns Day; to name but a few. They were key in developing the trans Community Action Group for Merseyside Police’s Community Engagement Unit.
Imogen wasa skilled networker forging links and developing connections between service providers, the LGBTQIA + community, statutory agencies health and housing providers, community groups anyone they saw who might influence development and empowerment to improve lives for trans and non-binary people and others who might experience inequality when accessing services.
Imogen had a keen intellect; the ability to challenge discrimination and assumptions made in policy, or in remarks; they always looked for ways to empower and encourage and had clear vision which could guide others toward common aims and goals.
Imogen also had a wicked sense of humour, a warm and generous heart, insight, sensitivity, empathy and personality by the bucketful.
Given Imogen’s long standing commitment to Navajo, the partnership has decided to dedicate a new award to reflect the commitment and dedication that could always be expected from the tour de force that was Imogen Christie. It will be the “Trans Non Binary Visibility Champion Award” and will be launched at the Navajo Awards 1/10/21. We hope this will continue their incredible legacy and encourage further innovation and activism toward the goals Imogen pursued with passion and creativity.
Imogen’s passing will leave a big hole in the fabric of our lives but they leave connections to weave our way together toward their vision of a world or equity, of celebration of diversity, and working together as a team.
If you have any comments you would like us to pass onto their partner and family please contact 0151 237 3989 / info@sahir.uk.com