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    NZAF and Marquis Condoms present: The Eighth Annual "Big Gay Out" - 11-Jan-2008
    The ever-popular Big Gay Out is coming to Coyle Park again in Pt Chevalier, for the eighth year running, on Sunday February 10 from noon till 7pm.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZAF
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    Stallholders, entertainers, and volunteers needed - 6-Dec-2007
    Stallholders, entertainers and volunteers for 2008's Big Gay Out fair day in Auckland are now being invited to come forward, says organiser Jonathan Smith.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZAF
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    Hero Parade is back - 23-Feb-2007
    After an absence of more than six years, the Hero Parade is to make a return to Auckland's streets next year - and ratepayers are being asked to foot some of the bill.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Related Site - HERO
    Diva to co-host Big Gay Out - 26-Jan-2006
    Hamilton entertainer Dennis Ralph, currently performing as a "drag diva", has been asked - for the second time - to co-host Auckland's Big Gay Out at Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier, on February 12.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Waikato Times
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    Sandra Paterson: Take care in how we talk - 18-Feb-2005
    Suppose Jesus himself had gone to the Big Gay Out last weekend. I wonder. Would he have waved a placard with "God Hates Homosexuality" on it, as did protester Justin Pearce? Would he have told the crowds that he found their lifestyles offensive?
    Truth is, no one can say what he would have done, but I like to think he would have taken a blanket and a bottle of lemonade and a few sandwiches. More than he needed, of course, just in case anyone was hungry.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Hubbard makes amends at gay community festival - 14-Feb-2005
    Mayor Dick Hubbard managed to bury the hatchet at his first outing in the gay and lesbian community yesterday after falling out of favour for signing a letter criticising the civil unions legislation.
    Yesterday he joined the crowds at Pt Chevalier's Coyle Park at the Big Gay Out, and told the crowd it was appropriate to have such a day in Auckland's calendar.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Fists fly at Auckland's Big Gay Out - 13-Feb-2005
    Fists were flying at the country's biggest gay and lesbian festival in Auckland on Sunday, after a christian protester turned up with strong views against homosexual relationships.
    No arrests were made from the several thousand strong crowd, but it's raised concern there could be more trouble just months before the controversial civil union act comes into force.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - TVNZ
    Related Site - HERO
    Street talk: We all need another Hero - 30-Jan-2005
    It's that time of year again, as Auckland city emerges in glorious technicolour for the annual Big Gay Out and Hero festival. MEGAN NICOL REED picks the coolest happenings around town.
    Brian Tamaki won't be there. Neither will David Hay. But the Topp Twins will. And Buckwheat will be there with bells on. Yep, it's the Hero Festival - from February 12-27 Auckland's gay and lesbian community will be gaily waving its pink scarf in the face of fundamentalists and public morality campaigners. "It's the chance for 'us' to be ourselves and on display for our own sense of shared pride, not on show for others' approval," says Hero spokesperson Mike Binis.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Sunday Star Times
    Related Site - HERO
    HERO Parade - 25-Feb-1996
    Both the police and HERO project organisers have praised the atmosphere at HERO parade last week.
    Police planning officer, Inspector Derek Davison said the Ponsonby venue seemed better suited because of the length of the parade route and there were lots of businesses able to add atmosphere. Events in Queen St have perhaps been a little sterile he added.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
    Related Site - HERO
    Hero Safe Sex billboard vandalised and reinstated - 18-Feb-1996
    The HERO safe sex billboard was vandalised last week by one church and reinstated accross the road by another church.
    On Sunday night the billboard, with the rear view of a naked man with the message "no if's no butts, use condoms every time", was painted over and then the offending picture torn off when the paint failed to cover the man's buttocks by members of the Pacific Island congregation from St John's methodist church. The council then ordered that the billboard removed and it was pulled down on Monday.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    HERO Parade and party - 18-Feb-1996
    Up to 200,000 people were estimated by police to have packed both sides of Ponsonby Rd for the annual HERO Parade on Saturday night. This number is similiar that of last years Parade in Queen St.
    The parade of 42 floats and 1000 people took about two hours to proceed from one end of Ponsonby Rd to the other.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    Hero Safe Sex poster - 11-Feb-1996
    A Safe Sex billboard put up on Ponsonby Rd, Auckland as part of the HERO Festival has caused some controversy. The image of the back of a naked man with the slogan "No if's, not butts, use condoms every time" has resulted in some motorists slowing down and pedestrians doing double takes.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    Georgina Beyer to open Hero Parade - 4-Feb-1996
    Georgina Beyer, Carterton's Mayor, will open this years HERO parade on February 17. Te Atatu MP Chris Carter and local MP Sandra Lee will also join the parade.
    Auckland Mayor Les Mills will not get an invitation to this years HERO parade as he has declined for the past five years, HERO Project director Scott Johnson said.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
    HERO Opening GA(Y)LA - 27-Jan-1996
    Despite all reports not all of Auckland was at Opera in the Park hearing Dame Kiri sing. In fact only 300,000 people were there. A few hundred of the remaining thousands chose to go to the opening of the HERO Festival which was the NZ Premier of the feelgood American movie "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar." The film itself was lightweight but enjoyable. The costumes however were wonderful and there was the occassional good line. The party afterwards, with excellent food and a short show, went well past midnight with those surviving moving up from the grand Civic in Queen St to Legends and Staircase in Karangahape Rd.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    60,000 people expected for HERO Parade - 21-Jan-1996
    Hero Festival organisers are expecting up to 60,000 people at the parade along Ponsonby Rd on February 17.
    Organiser Julia Durkin says Ponsonby businesses are being asked to help create a party atmosphere on the day of the parade. She said "we'd like to see HERO day specials and rainbow bunting. You can dress Ponsonby Rd in a way you could never do with Queen St."

    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    Pollen 8 - Auckland - 29-Oct-1995
    The spring party to raise funds for the HERO Festival was attended by 1200 people. The financial result of the event should be known next week.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    Another Hero parade petition - 15-Oct-1995
    A petition for the HERO parade to be in Ponsonby Rd is been promoted. This petition is in reaction to the petition calling for the return of the HERO parade to Queen St.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA
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    Hero Parade Petition - 8-Oct-1995
    It was reported in the Auckland City Harbour news that the Hero parade organisers are standing by their decision to move the parade to Ponsonby Rd, despite a petition to keep it in Queen St.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Auckland Harbour News
    Related Site - HERO

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