Friday, February 16, 2007

New Zealand's Labour MP Georgina Beyer bidding parliament farewell

Transexual MP calls it a day

Feb 14, 2007

The world's first transexual MP, Georgina Beyer, made her final speech at parliament in Wellington on Wednesday night, having quit after seven years in the job.
Always the performer, Beyer got set for her final appearance on the parliamentary stage, getting her hair done.
It was a busy day for her, chairing the social services committee for the last time and clearing out her office after seven years.
It has been an remarkable journey for the former prostitute and drag queen.
But disappointed isn't a word she uses to describe her time in parliament.
Her support for prostitution reform and civil unions is what she's most proud of.
As the world's first transexual MP, Beyer has attracted international interest.
A movie on her life is now underway withan Australian production house on to a second draft script, she says.
The former Carterton mayor is herself lining up work on TV, or maybe a shot at the Wellington mayoralty.
But on Wednesday night, she was playing the MP for one last time and received a standing ovation for her colourful career.

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