Georgina Beyer was a New Zealand politician, activist, and former entertainer. She was the world’s first openly transgender mayor, as well as the first openly transgender member of Parliament.
Beyer was born in 1957 in the rural town of Wairarapa, New Zealand, and began her career in entertainment as a performer in drag shows in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1995, she was elected mayor of the small town of Carterton, and in 1999, she was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a member of the Labour Party.
She was re-elected in 2002 and 2005, and during her time in Parliament, she was a strong advocate for social justice, indigenous rights, and LGBT rights.
In 2007, Beyer announced her retirement from politics, citing health reasons.
She has since continued to be an active advocate for the transgender community and has spoken publicly about her own experiences as a transgender woman.
She has also been involved in various community organizations and has received numerous honors for her contributions to New Zealand politics and society.
Georgina Beyer Parents: Meet Noeline and Jack Bertrand
Georgina Beyer was born to Noeline and Jack Bertrand in the small rural town of Taumarunui, New Zealand, to a Māori father and a European New Zealand mother.
Her father was a shearer, and her mother worked as a nurse. Georgina Beyer was raised in poverty and experienced significant hardship in her childhood.
She was the third of five children in her family. In her memoir “Change for the Better,” she writes about her difficult upbringing and the challenges she faced growing up in a small town in New Zealand.