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New faces at Queer Nation

Wed 16 Jul 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

Livingstone Productions today officially announced two new members for the Queer Nation production team. 27-year-old presenter Steven Oates will appear on Queer Nation from July 17. He has been involved with Auckland's gay youth and support group for five years, and has hosted and produced the “Round The Bend” Sunday night gay radio show on 95bfm for four years. Oates says he is looking forward to the opportunity to reach out to vulnerable members of the gay community and tell their stories. "I grew up in a small town, so I know what it feels like to be isolated and how important it is to have role models and to hear other people's stories," he says. New researcher Margaret Flaws has left a senior management position with the Auckland City Mission to join the QN team. She is a regular contributor to Express newspaper, and comes from a strong research and management background, having managed Auckland's AIDS hospice Herne Bay House for four years. QN producer Andrew Whiteside says Oates and Flaws add a great strength and wealth of experience to the show. "I am very pleased that we have found two people with maturity and a real desire to make a difference for the community," he says.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 16th July 2003 - 12:00pm

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