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Yes! LOUD, PROUD and GAY! On 9 July, Rainbow Gala celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the homosexual law reform bill, and the official launch of Rainbow Auckland.

On 9 July, 700 people came together to celebrate the Rainbow Gala. The night was hosted by Ali Mau and Colin Mathura-Jefferee while Fran Wilde who championed the law reform gave an incredible speech at the start of the night joined by most of the crucial members of the Gay Task Force who fought courageously for the Homosexual Law Reform. Former Prime Minister addressed us via Skype mimicking the sentiment expressed in 2013 when she spoke out about the need for GLBT acceptance on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

There was notable rainbow New Zealander’s including performances by Mika Haka, The Topp Twins, and a myriad of other appearances. BIG thanks to our key sponsor SKYCITY Auckland and sponsors Westpac New Zealand Southern Cross Health Society Grey Lynn Tyreworx New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Express Magazine and the fabulous staging sponsors Total Event, Staging Connections and props from First Scene.

Our gratitude to our VIP’s Fran Wilde, Nikki Kaye and Louisa Wall.

Thanks also to MC’s Alison Mau and Colin Mathura-Jeffree, and Auctioneer Michelle Maitland. Thanks to our fabulous and talented performers, Annie Crummer, Topp Twins, Mika Haka, The Dust Palace, Red West, Okareka Dance Company and SWEET MIX KIDS. And lastly our generous Auction donations from The Havannah, Vanuatu, The Sugar Club and SKYCITY Auckland, Adrian Hailwood and Rainbow Auckland Exec member Murray Smallfield.

What a fantastic night it was! We couldn’t have done it without you ?