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Wednesday 08 April 2009

Volunteer & Trustee Richard James

Posted in: Hall of Fame
By - 15th March 2009

Richard James
Long-time volunteer Richard James is always keen to be of assistance with a wide variety of LGBT organisations.

At the moment, he's a Trustee of the GABA Charitable Trust, a HEROic Gardens committee member, Trustee of the NZ AIDS Foundation, Advisor and Accountant for the Cariter Bereavement Charitable Trust, Accountant for Body Positive, and helped facilitate and organise Auckland's recent Pride '09 Festival and HERO party. Phew!

We got to know Richard James a little better... We know you do a lot for the LGBT community - and sometimes it can be a thankless crowd. What keeps you going and volunteering?

Richard James: I don't know exactly. I guess coming out late (30) my initial motivation was to give something back to the community. I didn't have to fight for my rights as a gay man, like so many of my friends did in the early 80's.

What do you do for money - your 'real' job?

I run a Financial & Management Consultancy, Man In The Moon – providing financial and management services to small to medium sized businesses. I also have a business processing Tax Returns for salary and wage earners.

What's your background, and where did you grew up?

I grew up predominately in Auckland, mainly in the Eastern Suburbs. Middle class family, private school etc.

When did you come out as gay, and what was it like for you at the time?

I didn't realize I was gay until I was 30, got married and had a child first. It was hard to come out at first, to gain acceptance from family and friends particularly.

What's your relationship status?

Currently 'seeing someone'.

What do you think are the most pressing issues currently facing the NZ's LGBT community?

I think that being gay does not have quite the stigma attached to it that it used to, and we are becoming more main stream and accepted. It is still important that we stand up and he proud of who we are. That is why things like the annual gay pride festivals throughout NZ are important.

What's your worst habit?

I've got an obsessive compulsive personality so there are probably too many to mention.

Not being able to say NO to every gay cause that wants my help.

Your biggest fear?

Growing old alone.

Your favourite music at the moment?

Basshunter and Metro Station for modern stuff. Josh Groban always a favorite.

Any books or magazines you're reading and recommending?

Bryce Courtney and Wilbur Smith, the closest I get to history.

About to read the Twilight saga

Your favourite movies?

My friends would say I don't watch movies unless they have a gay theme, so at the moment, it would have to be Milk.

Your favourite TV programmes?

Rove. Loving the fact that Greys Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters and CSI/CSI Miami are back on.

Your favourite websites?

Reading the forum on


If you could have one wish granted what would it be?

World Peace

A world without HIV/AIDS.

Who are your LGBT heroes?

Those who have gone before us to forge the way for gay rights in NZ. Brett Sheppard was a great inspiration.

What's coming up in the near future for you?

It's coming up to the end of the financial year so work wise I will be busy.

Finished the HERO Party and Heroic Gardens, so looking to a hiatus from too much community work for a while.

Do you know an LGBT community member who deserves to be in's Hall of Fame? Let us know by emailing - 15th March 2009