Story: Gender diversity

Sarah Lurajud, police officer

After 20 years in the police force, including receiving a national award for bravery, Sarah Lurajud became New Zealand's first openly transgender police officer. She remained in her job and worked as a liaison officer with the transgender and gay communities. Watch this clip from the 2008 TVNZ documentary Finding Sarah, as Lurajud describes the efforts she has made to reconcile her gender identity and her profession.

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Johanna Schmidt, 'Gender diversity - Human rights and discrimination', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 February 2023)

Story by Johanna Schmidt, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 May 2021 with assistance from Gender Minorities Aotearoa