Ending HIV Big Gay Out biggest celebration yet

From GayNZ Team, 6 February 2019

The Ending HIV Big Gay Out (BGO), which is New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) annual event for the Auckland Pride Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 20th year anniversary.

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The BGO has been organised by NZAF since 2003, after its initial launch as a part of the Hero Festival in 2000. It has since become a landmark event for the rainbow community to come together, both to celebrate and to rally to address various issues it faces.

Earlier this week, The Health Ministry's slashing of $200,000 from the AIDS Foundation's budget has been reversed.

The NZAF chief executive, Jason Myers told Radio NZ that the money was not significant as it only represents about 5 percent of the foundation's Health Ministry funding.

"But we really are in a time that we have all the tools available to end HIV transmission in New Zealand, so our message has been this is a time to invest and scale up our response rather than disinvest and so that's why we're really happy that they've managed to find this money and that funding won't be interrupted."

With a brand-new layout, the best in local entertainment, and a market filled to the edge with local cuisine, new attractions and community services, it’s going to be an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Ending HIV Big Gay Out

Location: Coyle Park, Point Chevalier, Auckland

When: Sunday 10th February, 2019

Time: Noon – 7pm