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Outing in the Square

Sat 21 Jan 2012 In: Events View at NDHA

Two of the event's MCs Steven Oates and Ramon Te Wake We’re here, we’re queer and we’re your eyes and ears at Out in the Square, Wellington’s sunny gay fair day in Civic Square. With the sun out the square has been packed with the most mixed-crowd likely ever seen at a glbt event, with families of Asian tourists, passengers from a docked cruise ship and a smattering of politicians filling the seats in front of the stage as the event was opened, surrounded by a mostly-standing incredibly queer and diverse bunch of event early birds. Celia Wade-Brown Mayor Celia-Wade Brown wins most intriguing hat for her white number which looked like it belonged at a race course or 80s wedding, however that probably won’t bother her as she seems to have been leid twice before getting on stage, which is likely why she was so happy. A TV news crew watched Labour Deputy Leader Grant Robertson’s every move – and the gay MP received quite a roar from the crowd when MC Steven Oates pointed out his new job title. New gay Green MP and local girl Jan Logie has also been a crowd favourite. A scout of the stalls unearthed a major theme of lesbian literature, there was lots of lesbian literature, and food that smelled good enough to die for. The promo people handing out Ice Bar’s yummy iceblocks were welcome in the heat, great PR move! Undies, undies, undies ... But the most impressive marketing campaign of the day goes to the fudge packing carried out by undies, undies, undies … (ok maybe togs) clad members of Wellington’s gay swim team, who were asking ‘have you been fudged yet?’ before handing out packets of their sweet treat. We can confirm it's delicious. Best recovery from a technical malfunction goes to Oates for his quick-fire line of questioning to Miss Drag Wellington Lady Semitone who was stranded on the stage when the CD containing her Abba song refused to play anything beyond a few seconds. staff - 21st January 2012    

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First published: Saturday, 21st January 2012 - 12:12pm

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