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former Carterton mayor and Labour MP Georgina Beyer
Beyer: Yet another mountain to climb

in WORLD, 26/10/2013

Georgina Beyer was once one of our highest-profile MPs and fought battles over prostitution and civil unions. But the former drag queen and Carterton mayor is now fighting a very personal battle. Eight months ago she was diagnosed with chronic end stage kidney failure, a diagnosis that sentences her to daily dialysis till a new kidney can be found, assuming she is approved for a transplant.

The prognosis without one? "Oh death . . . eventually," says Ms Beyer.

The tribute, organised by Labour MP Louisa Wall, will be held at Wellington's St James Cabaret. It was there, 34 years ago, that Ms Beyer launched her life in the public eye, as a contestant in the Ms Wellington drag contest. She won "Miss Personality" and became a mini celebrity after an article in The Listener.

In her trademark fashion, Ms Beyer talks about the week she found out about her illness like it is a hugely entertaining story - one about rushing around for blood tests while New Zealand was shut for Easter, GP visits and a diagnosis that came out of the blue after her opthalmologist noticed some pinprick haemorrhaging at the back of her eye while he was checking her for cataract surgery.

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