Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Carmen and Georgina Beyer

Carmen and Georgina Beyer

Carmen and Georgina Beyer are two of New Zealand’s most well-known transsexuals, and both are of Māori descent. Carmen, New Zealand's first iconic drag queen, came to prominence in New Zealand and Australia in the 1970s. Beyer became the world’s first openly transsexual mayor when she was elected mayor of Carterton in 1995. In 1999 she was elected to the Wairarapa seat, becoming the world's first openly transsexual MP.

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Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Sexual diversity in contemporary Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2022)

Story by Clive Aspin, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jan 2019