Carmen Rupe

A series of recordings about Carmen Rupe. Carmen was a performer, brothel keeper and anti-discrimination activist who became a cultural icon in New Zealand and Australia.


Carmen (documentary)

Carmen (documentary)A television documentary about Carmen, produced in 1989...

Tags: 1960s, 1970s, external resource, trans*, transgender, video online...

Published: 1989

Carmen Rupe interview (1975)

Carmen Rupe interview (1975)Listen to an audio interview with Carmen recorded in 1975. The interview was part of a 2ZM...

Tags: bisexual, external resource, gay, lesbian, trans*, transexual...

Published: November 1975

Carmen Rupe interview (1991)

Carmen Rupe interview (1991)Jack Body interviews Carmen Rupe about her life. The recording was made at Carmen's apartment in Kings...

Tags: 1970s, 1990s, alcohol and drug abuse, kamp, transexual, transgender...

Published: 1991

Carmen Rupe memorial, Auckland

Carmen Rupe memorial, AucklandAudio from the memorial to Carmen held at St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland. A special thank you to the...

Tags: 1970s, 2010s, drag, human rights, performance, transgender...

Published: February 2012

Carmen Rupe memorial, Wellington

Carmen Rupe memorial, WellingtonAudio from the memorial to Carmen held at Scotty and Mal's Cocktail and Lounge Bar. Text on...

Tags: 1970s, carmen's international coffee lounge (wellington), drag, newspapers, pu...

Published: January 2012

Dana de Milo on Carmen Rupe

Dana de Milo on Carmen RupeDana talks about her friendship with Carmen, working at The Balcony and sex work in the 1970s. Dana...

Tags: 1960s, 1970s, art-a-rama, black magic, transexual, transgender...

Published: December 2012

Jack Body - Carmen

Jack Body - CarmenJack talks about writing Songs and Dances of Desire - a work inspired by Carmen Rupe and...

Tags: 1970s, 2010s, aversion therapy, coming out, gay, transgender...

Published: November 2012

Launch of Carmens traffic light

Launch of Carmens traffic lightAudio from the launch of Carmen's traffic light, which can be seen on the corner of Ghuznee and...

Tags: 1970s, 2010s, abortion, takataapui, trans*, transgender...

Published: August 2016

Remembering Carmen Rupe

Remembering Carmen RupeAudio from people remembering Carmen after the powhiri gifting of her taonga (cultural treasures) to Te Papa -...

Tags: 1970s, 2010s, abuse, takataapui, transexual, transgender...

Published: November 2013

Trevor Morley - Wellington Vice Squad

Trevor Morley - Wellington Vice SquadTrevor Morley talks about working on the Vice Squad in Wellington in the 1970s; including cases involving Carmen...

Tags: 1970s, abortion, beats, courts, straight, transgender...

Published: April 2012