Tributes to Liverpool’s LGBTQ ‘Godmother’ who died aged 45

Tributes have poured in for a well known member of Liverpool's LGBTQ community who died suddenly at home.

Charlene Kimberley O'Neill died at home in Kensington earlier this month. She was 45.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious and a file has been passed to Liverpool's coroner.

Charlene, originally from Halewood, was a promiment member of Liverpool's LGBTQ community.

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Siobhan Fowden, a close friend, has now paid tribute to her late friend.

She said to the ECHO: "Charlene was my rock and I will miss her terribly. She was such a wonderfully strong person and character. A proud advocote for the city's LGBTQ community."

Charlene, who grew up in south Liverpool, was transgender. She moved to London in the 1990s but later returned to Merseyside.

In more recent years she worked in child protection and had only recently accepted a new job on Merseyside.

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Charlene was a regular at Liverpool's Pride event.

Siobhan said: "Charlene went through her own challenges in the past and was there for anyone who needed help with regards to their sexaulity.

"She always said to me that she knew she belonged in a woman's body when she was just nine.

"She could certainly look after herself too.

"She was our rock.

Charlene Kimberly O'Neill died at home in Kensington earlier this month.

"But I will also miss our nights out and grabbing the odd Chinese with her after a night at Superstar Boudoir.. She was fun and a laugh.

"Charlene was a like a godmother in our community. "

Dane Nanji, also a friend, said: "Charlene was really there for younger members of the LGBTQ community who were going through a bad time.

"She had experienced a lot in her own life and was happy to provide helpful advice.

"People think its all fine now but coming out is still a big deal for a lot of people.

"But she also had a wicked sense of humour and was extremely quick witted. I will miss her."

Charlene's friends organised a fundraiser at Dorothy's Showbar to help pay for her funeral.

The LGBT Community and friends at Dorothy's in Victoria Street to raise funds for their friend Charlene's funeral and give her the send she deserves

Dane said: "The LGBTQ community was really there for her on Sunday. Singers and comedians performed for free and we had a great raffle which took hours to get through.

It was a special night when Charlene's family from the LGBTQ community said goodbye to her."

To contribute toward Charlene's funeral go here.