How did Georgina Beyern die? Transgender MP and mayor’s cause of death and obituary

Georgina Beyer 
Georgina Beyer


Georgina Beyer MNZM JP, a New Zealand politician and Labour Party Member of Parliament has passed away. Let’s see how did the transgender MP die and Georgina Beyer cause of death in detail.

How did Georgina Beyer die?

Georgina Beyer, the world’s first openly transgender MP has passed away at the age of 65. Friends of Beyer say the groundbreaking politician and campaigner died on Monday at 3.30 p.m.

They claimed she had spent the previous week surrounded by close friends and family, accepting what was occurring and cracking jokes until her final moments.

There won’t be a funeral ceremony because Beyer requested it; instead, a memorial service will be held later.

Who was Georgina Beyer?

Beyer was born in 1957. She was given the name George Bertrand after her grandpa, Lieutenant Colonel George Bertrand, who served as second in command of the Mori Battalion. 

When she was born, her parents were residing in Hataitai. She was of European and Mori ancestry. She had trouble locating employment following her political tenure.

In 2013, she received a diagnosis of chronic kidney illness, necessitating treatment with daily dialysis. In the book A Change for the Better, she also shared her life’s tale.

She spent some time living in Australia before returning to New Zealand and starting to look for acting jobs. Her success as an actress led to a 1987 GOFTA award nomination for best female performance for the television drama Jewel’s Darl.

Beyer had gender-affirming surgery in 1984. Beyer joined the gay nightlife in Wellington, first performing as a singer and drag queen and subsequently as a sex worker.

She started working as a radio presenter after relocating to Carterton in the Wairarapa. Beyer was a local newsreader and a member of the first breakfast crew on Today FM, which was controlled by Paul Henry at the time (who she would later beat in the 1999 general election).

Political career:

Beyer got involved in local politics after she returned to New Zealand and first succeeded in getting elected to a school council.

Beyer was first elected to the Carterton District Council in 1993. In 1995, he was named mayor of Carterton, and he was re-elected in 1998.

She held the position of mayor of Carterton from 1995 to 2000. She became the first transsexual mayor in history as a result.

Beyer was the Labour Party’s choice for the Wairarapa seat in the 1999 election, and she defeated broadcaster Paul Henry with the largest swing in New Zealand that year. She then joined the Labour-Alliance coalition administration as a backbencher.

Beyer ran for office again for Labour in Wairarapa in 2002. With an increased majority of 6,372 votes, she won comfortably.

Beyer stated in an interview from December 2002: “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 from how you had sex as a man?’ Well, honey, obviously.”

Between 2005 and 2007, when she left office, she served as a list Member. She was rejected from Te Tai Tonga.

Beyer received international recognition after becoming the first transgender mayor and member of parliament, and she was interviewed by major news organizations like CNN, the BBC, and Time magazine.

Georgina Beyer cause of death:

Georgina Beyer (Te ti Awa, Ng ti Mutunga, Ng ti Raukawa, and Ng ti Porou), the first publicly transgender mayor and MP in the world passed away after a protracted illness.

She passed away peacefully at Mary Potter Hospice, today on March 06, 2023 at 3.30 pm. Beyer said she wanted to “pay homage to those who may have been transgender but who never have been out”.

“As the first transsexual to serve in a Parliament, I had no mentors, I had to navigate my way myself through the mire of political life, I guess.”

In her first term, two matters came up “that really made me dive into the thick of it” – the Civil Unions Act and Prostitution Reform Act, she said.

Condolences to Beyer:

Rainbow Parade NZ posted,

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to founding guardian member Georgina Beyer, a true trailblazer and champion for the LGBTQIA+ community. As the world’s first openly transgender mayor and Member of Parliament, Georgina shattered barriers and paved the way for countless individuals to live their truth.

Scotty Kennedy posted,

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the sad news that Georgina Beyer, the worlds first openly transgender MP, national taonga, former Mayor of Carterton, Labour MP, activist, dearest friend and rainbow legend, passed away peacefully at Mary Potter Hospice, today March 6 at 3.30pm.

Polly Gillespie posted,

The wonderful, brave,enigmatic,brilliant,maverick,world changer, and utter delight, Georgina Beyer passed away today at Mary Potter Hospice. Beautiful human, you will be so missed. The work you have done for the rainbow community is beyond measure. What a wahine toa. What a queen of all queens.

Rainbow Labour New Zealand posted,

Georgina Beyer 1957-2023
Rainbow Labour share in the heartbreak at the loss of Georgina Beyer, and send our aroha to her whānau and loved ones. As has been said before, and will continue to be said forever, she was a trailblazer in the rainbow community in Aotearoa and across the world.

Jobis Ooga Booga shared,

I was blessed to meet & share space with the amazing Georgina Beyer at the @hui Takatāpui 2022 where I was able to express my gratitude for all that she has done / and was continuing to do for the world.
Moe mai rā, rest in paradise. Sending all my love and condolences to family and friends of this amazing soul.
Arohanui, alofa atu, much love.


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