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Queen of the Whole Universe, Auckland, November

Press release: 26 July 2005

Put this in your diaries!
Queen of the Whole Universe, Auckland, November, 2005

“Beauty Queens” from throughout the Universe will descend on Auckland in November for a very queer beauty pageant ‘Queen of the Whole Universe” - a spectacular night of glamour and entertainment.

Of course, this is a beauty pageant with a twist – most of the contestants are men – but you can be sure there will be no lack of spectacle, suspense or surprises, as each ‘princess’ sets her sights on the coveted crown.

Following the success in 2004 of “Queen of the Whole Pacific” the pageant is a fundraiser on behalf of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, which puts the money toward important HIV/AIDS and community advocacy work not funded by its Ministry of Health contracts.

Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier says the fund raising is important but so is the visibility the event creates for the gay community. “This is our chance to celebrate and applaud the value of diversity and the contribution gays make to the Aotearoa New Zealand. Building supportive environments within the mainstream for minority communities is an essential component of our campaign to reduce the spread of HIV.”

This year, the NZAF says, the pageant is promising more: More contestants, more countries represented and more competition. The 2005 pageant will take the audience beyond the Pacific Rim with contestants from as far away as Slovenia, and beyond. Miss Uranus is just one of the exotic entries that promise an unforgettable event. Will our reigning queen retain her title, or will Miss Iceland freeze her out? And, just how many muscle boys does it take to carry Miss Trinidad & Tobago? Siamese twins we’ve heard!

Queen of the Whole Universe, Saturday 26 November, 8.00pm at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE. Seats are already filling fast (remember it was a sell out last year), so contact Ticketek now on (09) 307 5000 or www.ticketek.co.nz and secure your booking for a unique entertainment experience, in support of the valuable work undertaken by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

This year’s event is proudly supported by Purfex with the assistance of THE EDGE and directed by Eventimento.

ENDS

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