What are the chances that a former prostitute could be elected as Mayor and a Member of Parliament? And what if that person was also a transsexual? The odds may seem insurmountable, but Georgina Beyer, the former prostitute and transsexual achieved the impossible.
In 2016 Georgina faced death after her kidney failed but a life-saving operation in 2017 got her back on her feet.
2018 was a stand out year for Georgina. She was selected to host Hillary Clinton on her speaking in New Zealand and now she has been invited to speak at the Oxford Union in England. She joins the ranks of Bill Clinton, David Lange, Helen Clark, Albert Einstein and the Dalai Lama in receiving the honour to speak. Georgina is humbled to have a platform to share her story.
"It's a huge honour to be asked to go and address the Oxford Union. The good and the great of the world over time have spoken there, from Einstein to Churchill from Clinton to Regan."
The Oxford Union, Oxford University’s debating society, will host Georgina between October and December 2018.
And what a story she will tell;
Undergoing a sex change operation in 1984 she was elected to the Carterton District Council in 1993 and became Mayor in 1995.
Georgina was born in 1957, as she grew up she realised she was a woman trapped inside a male body. Her book CHANGE FOR THE BETTER - the story of GEORGINA BEYER published in 1999 and reprinted again in 2002 by Random House chronicled her amazing story of personal triumph.
Also in 2002 her documentary GEORGIE GIRL was screened on POV in America (an audience of 250 million), on CBC Canada, Channel 4 in the UK, Scotland, Ireland and SBS in Australia
Georgina was raised in Taranaki by her Grandparents until aged 4½. When her mother remarried she returned to Wellington for schooling, attending Wellesley College and then Onslow College. In 1970 the Beyer family moved to Auckland, where Georgina attended Papatoetoe High School.
But Georgina was always destined for the theatre. Her theatrical career started when she won the College Cup for Drama in 1972. Following her nomination for best actress in the Guild of Film & Television Arts Award in1987 she continued acting in Film, TV, Theatre and Cabaret until 1989 when she returned to Wellington in 1990.
In 1992 Georgina became a broadcaster for the morning show at TodayFM, the first FM radio station in the Wairarapa for 3 months.
Late in1992 she ran for the Carterton District Council in the local body elections becoming the highest polling unsuccessful candidate, losing by 14 votes. In 1993 won a by-election with a clear majority.
1995 elected Mayor with a 48% majority. 1998 re-elected Mayor with 90% majority. 1999 elected Member of Parliament for Wairarapa with a 32% swing from National to Labour.
1999 - 2002 served on a vast number of Government Select Committees:
"It is important to allow people who want to be positive contributors of our society regardless of sex, race, creed and gender to reach their human potential. We need all human potential to make our communities thrive, to make them more vital, the very centre of our reason for being and living. The most important thing at the end of the day is about people, people and people!" - Georgina Beyer
Georgina is a very entertaining, high energy, dramatic speaker and entertainer. She is at home in a celebrity debate can MC a conference with the best of them and her after dinner presentation as you can imagine is witty, humorous and extremely entertaining. She is internationally acclaimed and embraced by all audiences irresepective of their race, colour, gender or creed.