Trans history quiz night in Wellington

Trans history quiz night in Wellington

Some amazing volunteers have organised an exciting trans history quiz on 16 March 2023, and they’re donating the proceeds to GMA. Read on to find out more!

If you want to learn more about Aotearoa’s incredible trans histories in a fun way, then this is the event for you!

From Rūrangi to Carmen Rupe and beyond – Aotearoa has so many wonderful trans histories, and yet we hardly ever get to hear about them! This quiz is geared towards those who haven’t had access to learning about our trans pasts before, so don’t feel any pressure to be schooled up – simply come along, have some fun, and hopefully learn a cool trans history fact or two!

When and where

Thursday 16 March
6pm to 8pm
Tararua tramping club – 4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand.

How it works

Entry fee is donation (per person, not team) of minimum gold coin – all money going to the incredible Gender Minorities Aotearoa. Can pay with cash or via bank transfer.

Teams should consist of 4-6 people. Don’t have teammates? No worries! Rock on up and we’ll sort you out.

A small prize will be up for grabs for the winning team!


Tararua Tramping Club is wheelchair accessible. Please consider our communities and wear a mask if you are able to, and stay home if you are feeling unwell.

This event is part of Wellington Pride Festival 2023, following with the theme ‘Ka Mua Ka Muri – Walk backwards into the future with your eyes fixed on the past.’
Trans people are important – trans histories are important – we would not be here today without our trans elders, and through honoring their histories and struggles we remind ourselves that change is always possible.

We are incredibly grateful to Rainbow Wellington for providing so much support to this event, without them it would not be possible!!

If you want to make your donation now:
Gender Minorities Aotearoa

Rest in peace Georgina Beyer

Rest in peace Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer, the world’s first openly transgender Mayor and Member of Parliament in recorded history, passed away peacefully at Mary Potter Hospice, 6 March 2023 at 3.30pm.

Our Executive Director Ahi Wi-Hongi wrote a small tribute to her here.

For many, many trans people in Aotearoa, Georgina Beyer was the first – and for some the only – transgender person they ever saw growing up. She inspired so many to accept their own gender, to be proud of who they are, and to insist we deserved more.

For those of us who knew her personally, whether through politics, activism, sex work, or other things, she was a character. Often hilarious, she didn’t have much of a filter and she just said exactly what was on her mind. Whether you agreed with her on the topic or not, you always knew where she stood.

Georgina was a “no nonsense” woman, she believed in “getting on with it”, and she cared deeply about trans people having a fair go. In the early 2000’s she was talking about transgender people needing legal protection from discrimination, and she put forward a Member’s Bill in 2004 to have being transgender added to protected grounds in the NZ Human Rights Act.

The advice in those days was that we were already covered under the HRA sex-based protections, and subsequently she withdrew her Bill. But, here we are in 2023 looking at how it might be made explicit so it can’t be challenged. She was right all along, and we intend to see it through.

In the early 2000’s, Georgina was actually not sure if she supported the Prostitution Reform Bill, but she listened. She knew a lot of sex workers, and right at the end when it was being voted on, she made her raw, impassioned speech in support of the Bill, which many people think of when they think of Georgina. There was no ‘politician-double-speak’ with her, Georgina just said it like she saw it, so people could believe she meant every word she said. Ultimately, the Prostitution Reform Act was passed in 2003, giving legal protection to sex workers so they didn’t have to go through what she, and many others, had in the past.

I think that being direct and honest are lovely things to be remembered by, and while the world remembers her as the first openly transgender Mayor and Member of Parliament, I think her friends will remember her as the funny, soft-hearted, honest, and kind woman she was. We will certainly all remember her as one of a kind.

Rest in peace e hoa.

Read other articles from her friends

This article speaks to Helen Clark and Catherine Healy.

This one is from Chris Carter.

This one is from Louisa Wall.


Georgina did not want a funeral, but a memorial will be held at a future date. You can find updates on this here.

Listening – the right tools for the job

Listening – the right tools for the job

This workbook discusses different kinds of communication, and provides tools for listening and responding in different types of situations.

This resource for transgender adults is from our online course The transgender guide to sex and relationships. You can download an interactive version from inside the course, which you can fill out on your device.

PDF – read online or download

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Sport NZ releases transgender guidelines

Sport NZ releases transgender guidelines

Today Sport NZ released “Guiding Principles – for the inclusion of transgender people in community sport.”

We’re really happy to see that they did a great job of hearing what sports players, governing bodies, and transgender people want, and affirming that everyone should be able to play community sports.

It’s great to see clarity that trans people can play as their affirmed gender, and that there doesn’t need to be any extra barriers to this.

“Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa (Sport NZ) has developed these guiding principles to support the inclusion of transgender people in community sports. The principles are designed to help all community sporting codes and sports organisations (such as clubs, schools and other sporting bodies) to foster an environment where transgender people are welcome, accepted and comfortable to enjoy community sport.” – Sport NZ

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Your experiences matter – Counting Ourselves survey

Your experiences matter – Counting Ourselves survey

It’s so critically important that we have good data on what transgender people’s experiences are, so we can push for change and be heard. As an individual, it can be really hard to be listened to. But when we have research which shows 100, or 1,000 trans people share an experience, that’s hard to ignore. Take the Counting Ourselves survey.

What is the Counting Ourselves survey?

Counting Ourselves is an anonymous health survey designed by and for trans people, including binary and non-binary trans people from all across the country. It asks a wide range of questions about your well being – from healthcare experiences, to housing, discrimination, violence, safety, parenting, relationships, family. And a lot more.

It is quite long, but you can leave and then log back in later. The survey closes at the end of this month, so there’s no better time to start than now.

Who can take the Counting Ourselves survey?

You can take the survey if you are:

1. trans (binary or non-binary), and
2. aged 14 years or older, and
3. currently living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It does not matter whether you use the specific terms ‘trans’ or ‘non-binary’ to describe yourself, whether you have transitioned or even plan to transition. This survey is for anyone whose gender is different from the sex they were assigned at birth.

The more people who answer the survey, the stronger the evidence we will have to advocate for change.

Photo of Ahi Wi-Hongi (they/them). Ahi is saying: your experiences matter. Our collective experiences matter.

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