Article Title:The moments that filled us with pride in 2009
Author or Credit:Matt Akersten
Published on:21st December 2009 - 05:28 pm
Story ID:8320
Text:We asked you to tell us your favourite LGBT events and the moments that gave you pride in the past year. Hundreds of responses came back - and here's the results! THE BEST LGBT EVENTS OF 2009 Wow, the year goes by so quickly - it's easy to forget just how many special events there are all around New Zealand where LGBT people gather. The Big Gay Out For the second year running, Auckland's Big Gay Out had a huge number of votes to come out on top, reflecting its unchallenged status as New Zealand's biggest LGBT event, which over 8,000 people attended in February. Wellingtonians voted in their droves for their Out in the Square fair day, a highly visible event in the centre of the capital back in March. Both the Big Gay Out and Out in the Square will be back in early 2010 - Out in the Square will scheduled for Saturday 23 January and the Get it On! Big Gay Out is set for Valentine's Day Sunday 14 February. We can't wait! Out in the Square Here's some of the other events from around the country which attracted lots of votes for your favourite this year: * Wigs on the Waterfront (Auckland) * Urge Undies Party (Auckland) * Takataapui Hui (Auckland) * Family bar's fourth birthday party (Auckland) * Out Takes - Reel Queer Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington life-saving service was about to go under, but donations large and small allowed it to get through into 2010 with new hope. As one voter summed up: "It wasn't just a moment - it was a whole month. How amazing was Outline October? The rainbow community really showed it's true colours and pulled out all the stops to support a cause important to so many of us. *wipes tears*" Another voter commented: "Looking back on the year, the amount of fundraising the gay community has done for certain things like Samoa and OUTline. It makes me proud to see the gay community always doing this for others." But naturally there were many more gay pride moments in 2009. Some were victories against homophobia, others were examples of LGBT people doing amazing things. Many others were not huge events but simply brought a personal sense of pride to just one vote. Here are many of the other best pride moments of 2009 - in our readers' own words: Samantha Save my Samoa concert. I was honoured and happy to do a show as part of the That's Kamp girls for a great cause which this time wasn't related to just the GLBT community. It also proved that the GLBT community didn't discriminate and supported the straight community - and most of all people in a real serious sad situation. But of course, any fundraiser for people in need fills me with pride." * "Going to the 20 year anniversary of law reform at the Lesbian Later this week: We reveal what you voted as the best music, movies, TV shows, concerts and great reads in 2009... Matt Akersten - 21st December 2009    
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