NZAF Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier says the Foundation is providing support through funding, staff time, and even performers.
“One of our health promoters, Edward Cowley, will be an MC for the event and also perform as his alter ego, nationally-acclaimed drag queen “Buckwheat.”
She says the Foundation’s health-promotion model clearly shows that when communities are made stronger through pride, visibility, inclusion and acceptance, the members of those communities have better health outcomes. The Foundation’s support is consistent with its support of similar events in other centres, such as Auckland’s Big Gay Out on February 13.
“It is Wellington’s answer to Hero, a style of event that has been lacking in the capital’s diary of festivals and celebrations in recent years.”
Ms Le Mesurier says “Gorgeous” will make a wonderful start to the new year after a successful but difficult 2004. It will be an opportunity for people to take pride in their sexuality and gender orientations, and celebrate the advances they have made despite some of the homophobic comments reported in the media, particularly in the region of human rights.
“It will also be an opportunity for heterosexual people to show their support for gay people, and recognise the fantastic and colourful contribution they make to Wellington.”
The festival will have performers, live bands, DJ’s, comedians, stalls, and activities.
“We hope it will also give the family and friends of gay people a chance to let their hair down and have some fun. We are proud to be associated with this wonderful initiative.”