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Christchurch Pride Week 2006

Press release: Monday 8 May 2006

Christchurch Pride Week 2006

Hundreds of lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, takatāpui, fa’afafine, and transgender are expected in Christchurch between 13 and 21 May for the second annual Christchurch Pride Week festival.

Initiated last year as a community initiative sponsored by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, the 2006 event is expected to be every bit as popular as it was in 2005, when members of the GLBT communities came to the city from throughout New Zealand to debate, party, learn, share and promote inclusiveness, health and wellbeing.

The 2006 programme includes events as diverse as a celebrity debate – featuring Georgina Beyer, Tim Barnett, and Maryan Street who will be speaking to the topic “PC [Politically Correct] Poofter Politicians, better off without them” – to serious lectures at Canterbury University on the “queer” perspective of the classic poetry epic, Virgil’s “Aeneid”.

There’ll also be gay sports, tramps (that’s the hiking kind), parties, a “Mr and Ms Pride” competition, theatre, workshops on health, sexuality and homophobia and a host of other events.


Christchurch Pride Week 2006 Programme

Saturday 13th May

Lesbian Radio Pride week show
Find out all the goss and latest information for the upcoming pride week
9.30am Plains FM 96.6

Gay Tennis
Hagley Park Tennis Courts, near Victoria Lake
Contact Bruce 03 379 9664

Pride Week Opening
Propaganda Bar, Downstairs 90 Lichfield Street
4.00 - 7.00pm
Contact Brent 379 1953 or brent.mitchell@nzaf.org.nz

Women's night at CRUZ
CRUZ Upstairs 90 Lichfield Street
Door Charge $5.00 (includes Mr & Ms Pride & D.J. Big Daddy's White Party)

Mr & Ms Pride
Competition for guys and girls to become Mr & Ms Pride.
Sponsored by Sophie's Cafe
Great Prizes, Compered by Miss Mole
CRUZ Upstairs 90 Lichfield Street
11.00pm -onwards
Door Charge $5.00 (includes D.J. Big Daddy's White Party)
Contact Brent 379 1953 for details brent.mitchell@nzaf.org.nz

D.J Big Daddy's White Party
Alternative House and Dance
Propaganda Bar, Downstairs 90 Lichfield Street
12.00am onwards
Door Charge $5.00 (includes Mr & Ms Pride & Women's Night)

Sunday 14th May

Lambda Day Trampers
Mount Isabel up @ Hanmer
Contact Helen or Henry for more details
Phone 03 332 8724
Email: helenmdavies@xtra.co.nz or qhouse@paradise.net.nz

Rainbow Labour Great Celebrity Debate
Gorgeous Georgina Beyer, Top Man Tim Barnett, and New Zealand's first Out Lesbian MP Maryan Street with Law Man Champagne Charles Chauvel are all part of the Star Studded Line up.
A Battle of wits will determine who comes out on top or bottom. A charity event serving a menu of laughs for the most discerning appetite.
The Debate (Moot)
'PC [Politically Correct] Poofter Politicians -
better off without them.'
Get your feathers and fur on boys and girls, if it's chilly outside you're bound to be kept warm with all the hot air we have in store for you.
7.00pm at Creation
103 Worcester Street
$10 entry (limited seats)
Contact Rafaa Antoun Christchurch Central LEC Office tim@timbarnett.org.nz
03 377 8840 ext 4 or Robert Watson rwatson@inet.net.nz 03 366 2903

MCC Church Service
Avonside Parish Hall, Church of the Most Holy Trinity
168 Stanmore Road, Avonside
Supper follows the service.

Monday 15th May

Inqueery Event
Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy (professor in Classics and Linguistics at the University of Canterbury): 'Virgil's Aeneid: a queer reader's view of a queer poet's 'straight' epic'.
The great Roman poet Virgil, a homosexual, wrote the Aeneid as a propaganda epic to please the emperor Augustus. But did he relish fulfilling Augustus's request? A queer perspective supports the view that Virgil's priorities were far different from the emperor's.
Coppertop, First floor Commerce Building Canterbury University

Everywhere in Education (GLEE)
Anniversary Dinner
(For those involved in all aspects and levels of education)
'Little Saigon' 547 Colombo Street
Bookings by 8th May to Jocelyn at 384 5281 or Robin at 379 9493

Cocksure Workshop
NZAF 269 Hereford Street
For men who have sex with men over the age of 40 years
Looking at self esteem, erectile function/dysfunction, relationship, body image, HIV/Safe Sex.
Contact Brent 03 3791953
Email: brent.mitchell@nzaf.org.nz

Tuesday 16th May

Inqueery Event
'Is there a queer art?': a discussion facilitated by Andrew Paul Wood.
Coppertop, First floor Commerce Building Canterbury University

Gay Night at the Pool
Centennial Pool, Armagh Street
Contact Bruce 03 379 9664

UniQ Movie Night
@ University
1 Gay and 1 Lesbian Movie + Shorts
Gold coin donation
Contact Ritchie Wards
Email: uniq_canterbury@hotmail.com

Wednesday 17th May
HIV/ AIDS Update Workshop
NZAF 269 Hereford Street
10.00am -12.00pm
Latest HIV statistics and information
Contact Brent 03 3791953
Email: brent.mitchell@nzaf.org.nz

Inqueery Event
Mary Lou Rasmussen (senior lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy
at the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne): 'Crafting sexual identities in cyberspace'
This paper takes a look at the Pink Sofa, self-described as "the world's most popular online lesbian meeting place". In particular I am interested in the profiles the Sofa uses to introduce people to one another, and how these profiles fashion particular understandings of sexual and gendered selves. While navigating virtual cultures we are often called upon to identify ourselves in particular ways, I consider some of the effects of such textual modes of identification, recognizing that the relationship between bodies and virtual spaces is one of constant negotiation. I also draw on queer theories to argue the value of developing secondary students' critical reading practices in regard to such technologies of identification, recognizing that "our agency comes from how we accept that designated position, and the degree to which we refuse it, the way we live it out" (Grosz, 2001, 22).
Coppertop, First floor Commerce Building Canterbury University

Christchurch Lesbian Dining Group
Contact Yolanda Soryl
tel: 03 356 3166

UniQ Speed dating
@ University
Register with Ritchie Wards 0274 087704
Entry $5.00
Email: uniq_canterbury@hotmail.com

Thursday 18th May

Who are you Hurting Workshop
NZAF 269 Hereford Street
10.00am - 1.30pm
Workshop countering sexuality based prejudice.
Elements; Human sexuality, impact of sexuality based prejudice on health and wellbeing, Developing solutions.
Contact Brent 03 3791953
Email: brent.mitchell@nzaf.org.nz

UniQ Lunch
Contact Ritchie Wards
Email: uniq_canterbury@hotmail.com

HOT Seminar
The Hauora Takatapui team presents a seminar on
Maori health issues.
NZAF South 269 Hereford Street
Contact NZAF South 03 3791953 or Email: eriata.peri@nzaf.org.nz

Qtopia 1st Birthday Car Trail
Starting at Propaganda Bar
Downstairs 90 Lichfield Street
Gold coin donation
Register with the facilitators 021 175 3631 or

Quiz Night
CRUZ upstairs 90 Lichfield Street
$5.00 entry per team

Friday 19th May

Friday Night Drinks
Downstairs Bar, Holiday Inn, Cashel Street

Friends of Dorothy
Friendly group for Lesbians.
Dorothy's Restaurant
2 Latimer Square
Contact Peja email: peja.street@xtra.co.nz

Thirty Years On
Anniversary Dinner
(for those involved in Gay Liberation and Human Rights Campaigns in 70's to 00's)
'Mantra' Indian Restaurant, 72 - 74 North Avon Rd (Richmond Village)
Bookings by 12th May to Robin 379 9493

Sharing our stories - Gay Playback Theatre performance
Southern Ballet Theatre, Arts Centre.
The Gay Playback Theatre Group invite you to an evening of sharing moments & stories from our lives, played back by our lovely lesbian line up of actors & musician!
Conductor Kathryn Brooker.
$10.00 Entry

UniQ Dance
@ Propaganda Bar
Music from 80's to now including some house
Happy hour bar prices
$5 cover charge

Salvation Presents, LANGE Party
SALVATION, the Team that brought you this year's sell-out HERO Party, are proud to present superstar DJ LANGE, direct from the UK! LANGE will be performing live, as part of a spectacular, gay-friendly, Christchurch dance party on Friday, May 19 at Ministry. If you haven't been to one of Auckland's SALVATION dance event before, then make sure you don't miss this opportunity to experience sensational sounds amidst a sea of stunning lasers! Celebrate Christchurch's Pride Week in style... at Ministry... Friday, May 19.
Location: Ministry, 90 Lichfield Street, Christchurch
Date/Time: Friday, 19th May 2006, 11pm till late
DJs: LANGE (UK) - Marty (Auckland) - plus talented local support.
A massive 3hr set from DJ LANGE (UK) with stunning Oracle lasers.
Ticket Price:
$20 + Booking Fee (pre-sale).
$30 at the door (if available).
Special Discount:
$10 off the door price with stamp from the UniQ party.
For full details see www.salvation.co.nz

Saturday 20th May

Christchurch - Closet to Community, a retrospective gathering
30 Years of Queer! Were you there? Who made it happen?
A Pink Health Event
7.00pm - 10.00pm
Door $15.00 (includes finger food)
(Includes Pride Week Extravaganza Show)

Pride Week Extravaganza Show
CRUZ Bar, Upstairs 90 Lichfield Street
Featuring direct from Sydney Doreen Manganini
Miss Cindy, Jessica Christ, Ginger, Stella
From 10pm
Door $10.00

Sunday 21st May

Sophie's' Pride Week Pyjamas Breakfast
77 Victoria Street
9.00am onwards
Come in your Pyjamas for ½ price Breakfast.
Hosted by the Fabulous Miss Mole

Lambda Lattes
Mt Cavendish Bluffs
Contact Shelly 03 9600 727

Civil Union Symposium
Manor House - Bealey Ave

Candlelight Memorial
Remembering all those who have gone before us,
Those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
Great Hall, Arts Centre

People who remain HIV negative use condoms every time – no exceptions!

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