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Trans 'sisters' unveil Carmen's headstone

Sat 7 Jun 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

Two and half years after the death of Carmen Rupe, her headstone has been unveiled at Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery. Trans 'sistagirl' friends had the honour of unveiling the tombstone, including longtime friend Jacquie Grant who travelled from New Zealand's West Coast to attend. Among those who shared their thoughts was Jurgen Hoffman who has said: "Carmen, you're in good company today. Many people have come from New Zealand and interstate to be here for this unveiling." He's added: "It's been 30 months since you left us. You were a terrific judge of character, and we have all met many friends through you over the years. We join here together today to remember you. Know you are always in our hearts." Pics thanks to Matt Akersten A haka was performed, and a waiata sung, after which guests were asked to place a pebble on the grave site. A special hui is being held after the unveiling featuring a hangi lunch and a performance by the Te Raranga Whanui Sydney Maori Cultural Group.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 7th June 2014 - 2:17pm

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