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Why we love our gay K' Road

Tue 19 Jun 2007 In: Community View at Wayback View at NDHA

It's exciting when we canvass our clever readers for competition answers and all the witty responses come in. This topic was close to my heart – “Tell us why you love K' Road”. I personally remember riding on the bus with my mother into town when I was very little, looking in awe out the window onto Karangahape with its Vegas Girl, Stairs to Heaven, and Live Stripping signs… 'What did it all mean?' I wondered innocently. The first place I ever went gay clubbing was on K' Road (remember Legends?), and I've never strayed too far from it since! Many of our emailed entries mentioned K' Road's diversity, shopping, nightlife, colour, characters, cafes, ‘fabulousness' and ‘gayness'. “It's the place to see and be seen" said a few. "Everyone knows your name” said a couple of locals. ‘People-watching', ‘hotness' and ‘sexiness' were in there too. Others were specific about their K' Road destinations: ‘Family', ‘Urge', ‘Kamo', ‘Verona', ‘The Den', ‘Alleluya Café' and ‘The Hare Krishna Vegetarian Restaurant (cheapest meals in town!) were all name-checked several times. Only one entrant wasn't sure: “Dunno why I like K' Rd, I think it may be the bus fumes, it makes me feel GREAT!” We only had three K' Road T-Shirts to give away and so many of you deserved to get one! Congrats to our winners Bruce, Shane and Kade. Here's some of our favourite entries… enjoy, and thanks to everyone who entered… "K' Rd is at the centre of Auckland, where every culture comes to meet and play." “K' Rd is the most democratic street in all Aotearoa - it has something for everyone. Noisy, funky, dirty and alive. Always.” “I love K' Road. I live there, right in the middle of the most interesting street in Auckland. The combination of sleaze and urban sophistication gives the street a unique feeling and contributes to the character of Auckland by reminding Aucklanders that the gay community is indeed alive and well and not going away!” “The social centre of the city and my life. When I think of home it's the first place that pops into my head. I love this road - This road is Auckland.” “I love K' Road because I met an amazing guy there, and we can walk along the street holding hands and stop to kiss each other without people freaking out because we're both dudes!” “While many may think that Queen St has all the best shops and retails, and others can feel content to spend some mega bucks in the Newmarket, I have always enjoyed the sights and sounds that only K' Road can offer. Whether it is the funky OP shops, or the vast amount of great novelty shops that one can spend hours looking through. And that isn't even talking about the beauty of K' Road at night. It comes alive with culture and music, with people from all walks of life in Auckland. I love to spend an evening walking along until the smell of a certain food draws me in, then spend the rest of the evening chilling with great people, with great music. I personally can think of nowhere else in Auckland that you can get all this.” “I love K' Rd because of the lovely darlings that I encounter on my evening stroll, it's just super!” “Cafes, sex, (some) sizzle we would count how many we saw on a night and all the time we would drink coffee, talk and catch up - fun times." "I love K' Road for Brazil cafe, the memories of going to Sinners and Legend when I lived in Auckland, the markets on a Sunday morning, walking to work in the weekend when everyone is finally spilling out of bars with dilated pupils and new conquests hanging off their arms." "Because K' Road is Gay Road - It's home."     Matt Akersten - 19th June 2007

Credit: Matt Akersten

First published: Tuesday, 19th June 2007 - 5:51pm

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