Carmen Rupe

Earlier this week Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown launched the Carmen Rupe traffic lights on Cuba Street.

Carmen (1936-2011) was a transgender entertainer, brothel keeper, anti-discrimination and HIV AIDS activist.

In 1975 she was interviewed on 2ZM by David Mahoney about her life. Head over to the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision online catalogue and listen to the interview here.

Carmen as a mayoral candidate for Wellington. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 1/4-028324-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22313265
Carmen as a mayoral candidate for Wellington. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) : Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 1/4-028324-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22313265