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Remembering Georgina Beyer

The 2023 Wellington Pride Festival was made more emotional with the passing of community icon Georgina Beyer. The first public mention of Georgina's failing health was mentioned during Pride's opening hīkoi on Saturday 4 March. She passed away on Monday 6 March 2023. Shortly after, we started recording short interviews during Pride events with close friends and community members in honour of Georgina.

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  • 0:00:01 - Renee Paul
  • 0:03:44 - De'Anne Jackson
  • 0:09:22 - Chanel Hati
  • 0:18:15 - Malcolm Kennedy-Vaughan
  • 0:23:20 - Vee Blackwood
  • 0:28:15 - Sam and Arrun Soma
  • 0:33:40 - Roger Swanson
  • 0:36:55 - Chelsea Adams
  • 0:39:35 - Jelly O'Shea
  • 0:45:50 - Lee Eklund
  • 0:51:27 - Annie Jones and Emma Wollum
  • 0:55:45 - Donal Raethel
  • 0:57:28 - Tony Reed
  • 1:01:15 - Ruth Stowers and Christine Seymour
  • 1:03:40 - Leliel Trethowen
  • 1:06:28 - Maddy Drew
  • 1:10:48 - Hamish Allardice
  • 1:15:05 - Welby Ings
  • 1:18:37 - Fiona McGregor
  • 1:20:50 - Tony
  • 1:22:30 - Robin and Angel

Summary

The recording captures an assembly of personal reflections commemorating the life and influence of Georgina Beyer. Community members reflected on Georgina's legacy, citing their strength, ability to stand up for oneself, and advocacy for living authentically. Georgina was also remembered for their wit, tenacity, and transformative role for transgender individuals. Contributors commented on the significance of having a transgender Member of Parliament and Mayor, particularly in rural Carterton, which they viewed as emblematic of Georgina's impact and the community's embrace of talent. Their advocacy in Parliament and support for the sex workers' collective were emphasized.

Georgina's colleagues and friends praised their contributions, fighting spirit, and ability to change the world for the better, becoming an inspirational figure for many. They noted Georgina's passion, outspoken personality, and ability to connect with constituents. Their fearless approach to challenging hate, discrimination, and societal norms resonated with the speakers, demonstrating that Georgina used their public platform not just for their own visibility, but more significantly to forge pathways for others in the Rainbow community.

Their passing prompted calls for more transgender representation in politics, with an emphasis on maintaining a legacy that models courage, visibility, and advocacy. Georgina's legacy was characterized as much more than their status as a "first"; it is a lasting testament to how individuals and communities can collaboratively foster leaders who challenge barriers and societal expectations.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

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Record date:18th March 2023
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004707).
URL:https://www.pridenz.com/remembering_georgina_beyer.html