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Banks, pols, food welcome BGO crowds

Sun 8 Feb 2015 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

The ASB and Falcons stand 12.40PM: Crowds of glbti people are arriving at this afternoon's Big Gay Out at Auckland's Coyle Park. The weather is overcast, warm and humid and already glamorous drag queens, bears, families with pushchairs and the occasional dog are settling in. Parking is already at a premium well past the rugby club rooms on Pt Chev Road. Among the food and community organisation tents and stalls are several of the main political parties, including the Greens, Labour, Young Nats and ACT. The electoral commission also has a stand. Two Rainbow Tick banks have set up shop; the ASB is sharing its space with the Falcons gay rugby team they sponsor and, near the Pt Chev road entrance, the ANZ bank has a mobile ATM up and running. An HIV testing tent is a major presence, staffed by employees of the NZ AIDS Foundation including Don Barclay from their Wellington Office who says he is "helping and observing" as he will be overseeing a similar tent at Wellington's Out In The Park event net Saturday. Other health-related stands are focusing on prostate cancer and drug and alcohol issues.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 8th February 2015 - 12:46pm

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