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Matt Akersten
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« on: 25 March 2009, 03:44:PM »

Auckland had a vibrant LGBT Festival this year - but only just. So where do we go to from here? Do we need another Hero?

http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/21/article_7247.php

Do you agree with what the folks in the article have said?
And if Auckland's LGBT Festival gets a new identity, can anyone think of a great new name for it?

We're keen for your views below.
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« Reply #1 on: 25 March 2009, 05:24:PM »

ONe type Matt - it wasn't underground at the Studio but at the Transmission Room
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« Reply #2 on: 25 March 2009, 05:36:PM »

Why do we need a hero parade again?  The only real homophobia left in nz are from
The christians and we all know they can't be reasoned with. The others are the ignorant who think that gay people are all half naked screaming queens who want to take them roughly from behind.

Hero parade would help that how?
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« Reply #3 on: 25 March 2009, 05:39:PM »

Fixed now, thanks Ibne, and the people who texted me to point it out! x
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« Reply #4 on: 25 March 2009, 06:46:PM »

God, just let it DIE!!!!! They need to stop trying to relive thier glory days. Move on people. Dump the name HERO, stop going on about Pride. Just accept the world as moved on.
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« Reply #5 on: 25 March 2009, 10:56:PM »

In the immortal words of Tina Turner...

"We don't need another HERO......"

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist!)  BigGrin
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« Reply #6 on: 25 March 2009, 10:59:PM »

And every time I read  the subject line here, I want to say 'No, let's not...'
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« Reply #7 on: 26 March 2009, 02:29:PM »

I agree - get rid of it.
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« Reply #8 on: 27 March 2009, 09:19:AM »

If the consensus is that Hero should be abandoned then what, if anything is it to be replaced with it? And what will the new 'organisation/event' be called? I like the idea of 'Queer Fest'.
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« Reply #9 on: 28 March 2009, 02:16:AM »

To be honest, I don't remember Hero and don't associate myself with it...then again I'm nearing 25 so it was somewhat before my time.

Does the Hero brand and culture still hold the same principles and ideals as in yesteryear i.e. celebrating the hero you are etc and could younger people stil connect wtih that ideal? Given that most younger than me at least, haven't had to face half the societal problems/stigamtisation of homosexuaility?
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« Reply #10 on: 28 March 2009, 03:15:AM »

done its day..fulfilled its objectives...done...we don't even need a dance party really...we can go and dance at any of the 4000 dance parties every weekend in auckland. I'ts done. Stick a fork in it...it's done. Glad to be a part of it for a very long time now, but any future instances of the 'hero' brand speak more to me of the want for cash of the promoter and less of a need for such a event.

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« Reply #11 on: 28 March 2009, 08:30:AM »

Hero i think should be left alone - but something needs to replace it or you'll have those aucklanders who wont let go for nostalgic reasons 2 it try and breath life back in it..

I have a idea lets rename it DRAGSTAR-seems most aucklanders have obsession with it do it and think its great fun
all participants get dressed up in drag and go to dance party
hang on-wait a sec-that is a typical sat night out on Auckland  Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: 29 March 2009, 11:18:PM »


Does the Hero brand and culture still hold the same principles and ideals as in yesteryear i.e. celebrating the hero you are etc and could younger people stil connect wtih that ideal? Given that most younger than me at least, haven't had to face half the societal problems/stigamtisation of homosexuaility?

You pretty much summed it up.  You don't need to be brave to be gay anymore, coming out isn't anymore heroic than getting pubic hair
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« Reply #13 on: 30 March 2009, 09:00:AM »

Except MrCynical it is a brave new world you are entering into, fraught with problems, dangers and pitfalls...
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« Reply #14 on: 30 March 2009, 10:49:AM »

Looking forward to seeing you all there tonight at 6pm!
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