Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Georgina Beyer. New Zealand seems often to be the font of the true progressive movement. Beyer was the first openly transgender mayor of Carterton in New Zealand in 1995. She was also the first openly transgender Member of Parliament from 1999 until 2007; this makes her the very first openly transgender elected official in the world. In a December 2002 interview, Beyer said:
I get asked questions no other politician would ever have to answer. Regarding the surgery, you know. ‘Did it hurt?’, or, ‘When you have sex now as a woman, is it different to how you had sex as a man?’ Well, honey, obviously.
I think I am bothered by the fact that people are so focused on genitals rather than gender expression and identity–I refer you to the first interview I did with Jenn Burleton. Brava, to our Georgina Beyer for her courage and dedication to equality for the LGBTQ community by living her life honestly and openly.