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August 25, 2013

Politicians and public figures weigh in on gay MP Grant Robertson’s announcement that he will run for leader of the Labour Party, making him a strong candidate as the country’s PM

New Zealand has legalized gay marriage, but may still not be ready for a gay prime minister.

So said Georgina Beyer, considered to be the world’s first transsexual mayor and MP, in an interview following the announcement from gay Labour MP Grant Robertson that he’ll be running for his party’s leadership post.

Grant Robertson, currently the Labour Party’s deputy leader, confirmed he is in the running to be the next leader of the Labour Party after the current party leader David Shearer announced his resignation this week.

May 6, 2013

New Zealand's Georgina Beyer, who became the world's first openly transgender MP in 1999, has chronic kidney failure

The world's first transgender MP, New Zealand's Georgina Beyer, is seriously ill with chronic kidney failure.

Beyer had been about to announce her candidacy in the Wellington mayoral election. She has not confirmed if she will no longer stand, but her illness means she has to have dialysis four times a week for the rest of her life, unless she gets a kidney transplant.

'I'm sure as hell not going to sit back and think, "woe is me",' said the 55-year-old in an interview with Woman's Day magazine.

May 6, 2013

New Zealand's Georgina Beyer, who became the world's first openly transgender MP in 1999, has chronic kidney failure

The world's first transgender MP, New Zealand's Georgina Beyer, is seriously ill with chronic kidney failure.

Beyer had been about to announce her candidacy in the Wellington mayoral election. She has not confirmed if she will no longer stand, but her illness means she has to have dialysis four times a week for the rest of her life, unless she gets a kidney transplant.

'I'm sure as hell not going to sit back and think, "woe is me",' said the 55-year-old in an interview with Woman's Day magazine.

April 17, 2013

First country in the Asia-Pacific passes marriage equality law by 77 votes to 44.

New Zealand has become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region, and the 13th country in the world, to legalize gay marriage.

The third reading of a marriage equality bill was held in the New Zealand parliament today (Wednesday 17 April) and was passed by 77 MPs' votes to 44.

'Excluding one group from marriage is oppressive and unacceptable,' said the Bill's sponsor Labour MP Louisa Wall, who was wearing a rainbow top for the occasion, when introducing the Bill.

'Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill.'

July 23, 2012

Twenty-three-year-old launches single alongside career in politics

Gay Maori Jevan Goulter released a single, Loud, this weekend.

The song is Goulter’s first foray into pop music but the 23-year-old has already made a name for himself in New Zealand politics.

In 2010 he stood in the Wellington City Council elections and attracted headlines when he took part in a pre-election debate wearing drag.

Goulter now works as a party leader’s executive assistant in New Zealand’s parliament.

December 15, 2011

Transgender Carmen was hero of Sydney’s gay scene and pushed political boundaries in New Zealand

Transgender icon Carmen died in Sydney aged 75 on Thursday (15 December) after months of ill health.

She passed away in the city’s St Vincent's Hospital of kidney failure, the Sydney Morning Herald.

Born in New Zealand in 1935 as Trevor Rupe as one of a family of 13 children, she emigrated to Sydney to become a sex worker in the late 1950s.

December 15, 2011

Transgender Carmen was hero of Sydney’s gay scene and pushed political boundaries in New Zealand

Transgender icon Carmen died in Sydney aged 75 on Thursday (15 December) after months of ill health.

She passed away in the city’s St Vincent's Hospital of kidney failure, the Sydney Morning Herald.

Born in New Zealand in 1935 as Trevor Rupe as one of a family of 13 children, she emigrated to Sydney to become a sex worker in the late 1950s.