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From the editor After a crazy busy few weeks the team are so proud to bring you our gorgeous resized, redesigned, express magazine and website and we hope you love it as much as we do! We welcome the awesome Regan Cotter (picutred with myself) as a fun addition to our hilarious team.

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Our news includes amazing updates on former Idol finalist Nikki Lee Carlson and a cracking achievement from our favourite little trans boy Ben. We also welcome some fresh writing styles from foodie Alexia Santamaria and music aficionado Sandoval Rubenstein! For more: scene pictures, stories, columns and reviews, updated daily, keep visiting our website Olly xx

20 Out Festival OutTakes TakesFilm Film Festival First First FiveFive Features Announced Features Announced 22 Equality, Love Equality,Family Family& & Love The The Wedding Of Rob and and Vinne Wedding Of Rob Vinne

This issue express wants to fly YOU to Hawaii! Check out our website to win flights, and read our fab feature on the gayest spots Honolulu has to offer. We celebrate one year of samesex weddings in New Zealand with the beautiful real-life love story of Rob and Vinnie. Theirs is a story of two brave boys who found the other half to make each other whole.

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Christchurch ‘conman’ Nicolas Birch is returning to jail after illegally operating K’ Road club Revenge while still on parole.

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NZ Idol’s Tranformation Former NZ Idol finalist Nikki Lee Carlson has spent the last seven years working out who she is. Reassured by the support around her, she is ready to tell the world and perform music again. “I’m on a journey at the moment to become as feminine as I can be – I don’t know yet where that will take me,” Nikki tells express when we met at a K’ Road café, looking very different from the handsome boy who had made it to the final’s of New Zealand Idol. Nikki started dressing as a girl in 2007. “It got to the point where I didn’t want to take it off.” She says. “I grew up wishing I was a girl. Now I’m being the girl I always wanted to be.” “When I first left the house dressed like this. It felt like a second life,” she tells us admitting she was unsure of the reaction she would receive. “Going into a shop or going out on the town – even straight men have been supportive – strangers have told me I’m ‘courageous’… I feel overwhelmed by the support and encouragement around me.” Still feeling connected to her masculine side, Nikki connects most with the rarely-used label of bi-gender, which falls under the transgender umbrella. Nikki says the liberation she has felt being herself and honouring her desires has made her feel stronger and more confident then ever. Currently working in retail, she is now keen to return to music. “Being on Idol got me about five years worth of gigs. After my dad passed away, I felt so lost and needed to re-evaluate my life.” Dressing up and working out who she was took over Nikki’s passion for music, but she would now like to gett back into the business, this time performing as the person she e truly is. “I sing a little differently now. When you present yourself ourself like this - you naturally choose more feminine songss and sing a little softer.”

Released from prison in 2011, Birch was not legally allowed to opperate a company until 2015. Revenge which is owned by Shortland St actor Rudi Vodanovich, closed in mid-March and was yet to reopen as express went to print.

New Transgender MP candidate Kelly Ellis has successfully beaten Winston Peters’ sister Lynette Stewart to become the Labour candidate for the Whangerei electorate. Her battles are not over as the trained lawyer will be competing for a seat that has been held by National for 39 years. “They don’t have an incumbent MP sitting,” Ellis says, suggesting that her and National’s Shane Reti are on a more even playing field than one many think. Reti may not be her only competition if rumours that Winston Peters will also compete for the seat are true. “If he does, he would suck up much of National’s grey vote – which would also work in my favour,” she tells us.

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Out Takes Discounts!

Rupert Murdoch Attacks Gay Protestors

Out Takes tickets are on sale Monday 21 April through the new website www.Out Organisor Gavin Hamilton tell express: “We’re using Eventfinda rather than the cinemas online booking system so we can offer our traditional bonus card discounts for people booking online and by phone for multiple films and early-bird specials for those who book early.” The new site allows, “People to book online up to 45 minutes before the screening and turn up with their e-ticket printed or The Westboro Baptist Church infamous for using ‘God Hates Fags’ signage showing on their smartphone.” picketed Lorde’s concert in Kansas City on Friday 21 March.

Lorde’s Big Gay Month

Game Of Thrones Giant Comes Out Kristian Nairn, better known as GOT’s Hodor has come out in an interview with Game Of Thrones fansite WinterIsComing. When asked about his extensive bear following he replied, “Well, in all honesty, when y you talk about ‘the g gay y community,’ you are talking about MY community!”

The church have previously picketed concerts by the likes of Lady Gaga for promoting homosexuality. They claimed on their website that Lorde’s concert needed to be protested because, “the world has elevated her to status of an idol”, which is in part fuelled by Lorde scoring her second US number-one single with Team.

Heineken and Guinness both pulled out St Patrick’s Day marches in New York and Boston due to controversy caused by organisers refusing to allow marchers to brandish signs in support of same-sex marriage. Murdoch took to Twitter and called the gay-rights organisations who had called for boycotts of the parade, ‘bullies’. “Where will this end?” Murdoch tweeted. The mayors of New York and Boston joined the beverage companies by boycotting the parades.

In true Lorde fashion she responded by baiting the notoriously homophobic church by tweeting, “everyone wear rainbow clothing to that show. everyone try to kiss church members who are same sex as you they will so love it christmas comin early in kansas city (sic)”. Days later the church’s founder Fred Phelps, who had been critically ill, passed away.

It’s been a gay old month for Lorde who has been praised in the media for It tthe way she handled questions from Australia’s Kiss FM DJ Kyle Sandilands In related GOT news, Finn about her relationship with Taylor Swift (picuted above right with Lorde). a Jones who plays gay knight “I see you guys [in] pictures everywhere. Are you guys together now? Not “ Sir Loras Tyrell, has said that ttogether as in lesbians, I’m not talking about ‘Ellen together,’ I’m talking the forth season that start’s about, like you guys are friendly right?” Sandilands asked. Sounding a on Sky’s SoHo on Monday 7 peeved the Kiwi-born Grammy winner, shot back with, “What do you mean p April, does not contain, y you’re not talking about ‘Ellen together’? Is there something wrong with “enough hot gay lesbians?” Sandilands stammered, “Oh my god no, I would love that! Are le sex,” in an interview y you going to confirm now you’re in a lesbian relationship with her?” with Access “Don’t even try it. It’s not working,” Lorde replied. “ Hollywood.

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Media mogul furious as alcohol giants pull out of parade in support of gay rights.

Madonna – Au Naturel Madonna celebrated the twentyfifth anniversary of her Like A Prayer album with an instagram pic of her showing off her armpit hair. She tagged the picture: “Long hair… Don’t Care! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove.’ Bring back the bush ladies!


Hamilton’s Lost Shine Hamilton’s only GLBTT bar and nightclub, Shine closed its doors on Saturday 15 March.

Trans Boy Ben Voted House Captain Eight-year-old boy Ben makes parents proud and proves popular at school. It was the following speech written and delivered by express’ former cover boy Ben that convinced his class-mates to vote him House Captain.

Resident Drag Queen and Events Manager Miss Di Va (pictured above centre) told express, “We found out [the previous] Wednesday, the staff and I were devastated. There’s been a lot of differing contributing factors, [the owners] have done everything they could but the only option left was to sell.”

“Hi, my name is Ben. I’m a Year four student in Room one. I want to listen to your ideas about sports, art, music, enviro, kapa-haka. Whatever you’re into, “So the business is for sale and we so just say, and I will help you. It’s ok, I like doing it, so say when you need me. ing to give it a hope someone is willing Vote for me, Ben, as a house leader of Tawhirimatea. I like art, if you do, say. revamp, where one door closes in We might be able to do art in our house. Thank you for listening.” ways opens.” Hamilton, another always “We both feel it is important for children to have a sense of responsibility Shine Night Club has been at home, in the community, and at school for the welfare of others,” Ben’s a fixture on the Hamilton lton proud parents Beccy and Wes told express. Later confessing, “we were club scene for the last st not surprised that his house-mates at school voted for him because he is six years. confident, friendly and has a good heart, and really does like to help others Article | Tux Hika in any way he can.”


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Mika Reinvents Himself The exclusive image above is from an exciting ‘trash’ themed promotion shoot for new song Dress to Express. Flanked by young talents Zakk d’Larte and Hannah Martin, Mika has invaded the world of electropop with his new single. The song is produced by Alan Jansson, who is best known for having worked on OMC’s How Bizarre and another young Mika Hake Foundation talent – Jay Tewake. The song is available for download now and the recently launched video can be found on www.

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George Michael Reveals All While promoting his new album Symphonica, George Michael has participated in his first media interviews in five years. He opened up to magazine The Big Issue about his eight-week prison sentence, saying: “Jail wasn’t great. I just thought, get your head down and get on with it. It turned out to be easier than I was expecting because I knew I deserved to be there.” He said that in the aftermath he has ‘completely stopped’ using drugs and has remained clean for “well over a year-and-a-half.” In his next interview with the BBC he told them, “My gay life didn’t get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really.” Blaming the media for taking delight in destroying his ‘straight audience’. he also pinned part of the reason he stayed in the closet well into his thirties, on his relationship with his mother. “In the years when HIV was a killer, any parent of an openly gay person was terrified. I knew my mother well enough that she would spend every day praying that I didn’t come across that virus.”

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Mr Gay NOT Hosting Sex Party 2014 title-holder Troy Williams is surprised his name has been used to promote a Muscle Sex Party at Auckland sex-on-site venue Lateshift. A sex party, taking place from 2-5pm on Easter Monday has been advertised using an image of Williams, claiming to be, ‘hosted by Mr Gay New Zealand’. Williams told express, “I work a shift at Lateshift on Friday and Saturday mornings… I’ve only done a couple of shifts but it’s been pretty good because it’s quiet, so I do my uni assignments.” He confirms that Lateshift’s owner-operator Jay Bennie had asked him to work at the party. “The whole conversation we had was, ‘we’re having a themed muscle party would you mind working that…’, then all of sudden I’m promoting or hosting the party... My boyfriend is completely pissed about it,” Williams explains, admitting he is concerned how community members may view the Mr Gay New Zealand title being linked to a sex party. “I can see people would take it the wrong way – particularly with the banner it’s been given, which again is different from what I understood the event was. It’s promoted as a sex party which I’m not happy with…” He says he will speak to Bennie about it when he returns from holiday after express has gone to print. “I don’t want to sideline him m by going around saying I never agreed to this, but we do need to have a conversation… I’m sure the party will still go ahead, but it won’t be me promoting it or tied to my name.” For more on this story visit Photo | Jarrad Mapp

In a video protesting Australia’s lack of marriage equality Modern Family’s actor’s Jesse Tyler-Ferguson (Mitch) and Eric Stonestreet (Cam) explain, “There’s no marriage equality in this country… Even though 65% of Australian’s are in support of marriage equality. [But] Kylie Minogue is from Australia! Olivia Newton-John is from Australia!” Naturally the two decide to make the same decision that recent NZ same-sex marriage statistics show many Australian’s have, and come to New Zealand. “Let’s take a boat!” Exclaims Stonestreet. The video can be seen at

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Tame Noema There isn’t a single part of Tame that we don’t want to get our hands on. The caramel complexion, the ink, the muscles – those eyes! All wrapped in jandals jandals, stubbies and a singlet – it makes us proud to be Kiwi! Having sailed through the NZ on Air funding controversy, the GC’s second season on TV3 is helping us get over our Monday blues. The show’s star, Tame’s entrepreneurial skills are finally paying off as his topless waitering business goes from strength to strength. “There is a huge demand for Maori boys on the Gold Coast,” he says. And we can see why!

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Queen of Camp Returns

Steven K A Out Brit comedian Steven K Amos on laughs, dinner and dancing. Who’s the funniest person you know and why? My mate Sean. He simply says it like it is, which in some situations can be belly achingly funny. In other instances, he should have thought twice. For me equally funny! What advice would you give to wannabe GLBTT comedians? Comedy audiences can be a tough crowd and you can’t take things too personally. To any comedian, gay or straight, you must try and find the truth in your story. It’s very important to find your own voice and although it’s great to be out and proud, does one’s sexuality define you?

Sitting just feet away from his shrine to Fanny the Wonder Dog, Julian Clary phones express to discuss the merits of finding a man. “It’s like visiting a very liberal and fairly inebriated friend,” says Julian of his return to New Zealand. His new show, Position Vacant, can truly claim to be a different experience every night because he relies so much on audience participation. “It’s my search for a husband. Each show I go into the audience and select ten men I like the look of and heard them into a sheep pen with a cattle prod. There are various elimination rounds, and in the end of the performance I marry the winner. In a rather touching ceremony with bridesmaids and confetti... I never get bored because I don’t know what they’re going to say or what I’m going to say… It’s always very dangerous!” The performance does not reflect reality. Clary has been in a settled relationship for ten years, but admits “my stage persona is that of a rampant homosexual!” He met his partner at a party on a yacht in Ibiza.

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“In about half-an-hour I got him in the broom cupboard,” the 54-year-old tells us, confiding that he feels sceptical of the modern dating world. “I think Grindr has it’s place, but it’s rather like ordering a pizza…at my time in life that’s not what I’m looking for. Ever the traditionalist, Julian recommends meeting a man on a night out. “There’s nothing like eyes yes across a room in a dark smoky club,” ub,” he concludes.“On Grindr, you can’t an’t smell the pheromones.” Perhaps on the app’s next update you can. Our interview concludes with Clary’s y’s recommendations for aspiring comedians. medians. “Find out what’s unique about you. u. For me it was all the things that were a problem oblem when I was in high school; my mannerisms, nnerisms, my voice, all turned out to be an asset for comedy. A rather sweet revenge!”” Julian Clary performs Position Vacant cant at 7.30pm, Sunday 27 April at the SkyCity yCity Theatre, Auckland. Tickets are $70 from or 0800 842 538. 8.

Who are your favourite gay comedians? I love Hannah Gadsby, Tom Ballard and one or two that I can’t name because they’re not out yet! If you could have a dinner party with any gay person living or dead – who would you invite? Oscar Wilde and Ellen DeGeneres, with music by the Village People. What club anthem, without fail, will get you on the dance floor? I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Catch Stephen’s new show What does the K Stand for? at 7pm from Saturday 25 April to Saturday 3 May at Q Theatre, Auckland and Sunday 4 May at Wellington Opera House as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Visit www.comedyfestival. for bookings. Articles | Oliver Hall


Just in from Broadway parents, her apolitical TV exec brother and her liberal screenwriter alcoholic aunt. They discover Brooke has written a memoir.

Auckland Theatre Company brings us Broadway hit Other Desert Cities, the latest play from brothers and sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz. Fresh out of rehearsal, Erin Fae caught up with Hera Dunleavy to discuss the upcoming show in which she is playing the part of Brooke Wyeth. “If people saw August: Osage County and liked that, Other Desert Cities is definitely in that vain: a family drama, American-style set at Christmas,” Hera explains. “It’s just really well written. There’s a fantastic part played by Elizabeth Hawthorne, [she’s] an ex-junkie who gets all the best lines! It’s just a fantastic mix of drama and family and it’s so nice that you can sit back and enjoy someone else’s dysfunctional family at a distance.” The play follows the story of Brooke Wyeth who after a six-year absence, comes to celebrate the festive season with her Republican

Other Desert Cities was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Auckland Theatre Company’s production will be a little different from the American renditions, Hera tells us, but refuses to give too much away. She tells us it’s a must see for express readers because, “it’s got fantastic actors in it. You’ve got Sarah Peirse, who is just pure class, in my book. She does a lot of work in Australia and we’re very lucky to have her back. And as I said Elizabeth Hawthorne – who plays her sister. It’s magnificent to see those two on stage together.” Catch Other Desert Cities at Auckland’s Maidment Theatre from Thursday 08 May - Saturday 31 May. Tickets are $39-$49, available from Article | Erin Fae






Hot Newbies at Family Fri 21 March. Photos | Evan Donnelly This night featured a lot a newbies at family, with a few familiar faces speckled among the crowd. Clearly word has gotten around that this is the busiest most outrageous bar on K’ Road! Honors of the night go to the aroused man who dressed in red wrestling attire for entertaining our paps with his fancy dress. Style icon Zakk D’Latte and his pals may have some competition!

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Orange Tan / White Party This year celebrating it’s 25th anniversary; the White Party is an institution in the US that has influenced gay culture the world over. express caught up with Palm Springs organizer Jeff Sanker to find out more about the circuit party that tops all others. Buffed, bronzed, speedo clad and dressed only in white, partygoers will pile into the Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel for ‘The largest gay dance festival in the world.’ Jeff’s original inspiration for the party is almost comical, “the event originally started as a weekend getaway event for a lot of my LA friends.” He told express without the slightest hint of awareness of how OTT his lavish lifestyle is. Every year the party got bigger, attracting increasing numbers of international guests. Similar parties in the US and indeed the world began to appear, often on dates selected so party-goers could travel from one on to the next; and the gay circuit party scene was born. “I think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” he tells us. “Now there are White Party-styled events not only in a few other states here in the US, but around the world in 36 countries. All the gay cruises also have some type of White Party themed event.” Jeff’s success was even being honoured last month with him being inducted into the Palm Springs ‘Walk of Stars’ where he joined the likes of Leberace, Bob Hope and numerous former US

Presidents. He admits the parties have come a long way from an era where sexual preference was not talked about. “Many had to attend secretly for fear of losing their jobs if someone found out - especially members of the US Military. Now they are able to attend freely and openly.” Over the years the parties have secured impressive line-ups of including the liked of Grace Jones, Boy George and Ke$ha. Jeff admits to having favourites, selecting

Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga, who has played the event twice. He assures us that all the celebs who attend behave badly! “One year we had a performer running down the halls naked, chasing boys everywhere.”

The White Party 2014 Friday 25 April – Sunday April 27 Tickets: www.jeffreysankertickets. com Article | Oliver Hall

If he could get anyone Jeff says his dream line-up would be Cher, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. Hyping this year’s anniversary by adding, “maybe we might even possibly have something like that this year!”

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I Now Pronounce You… More Equal relationships are equal, but some are more equal than others. I eschew marriage not because I don’t love my partner, but because civil union gave us an opportunity to define a relationship on our own terms; it did not come tarnished with the history of marriage through the ages. I like being part of the new generation where the old rules don’t apply and the institution is modern, fresh and unencumbered.

Why Vaughan Meneses doesn’t put a ring on it. Now anyone can get married and the queer marriage is no less valid than the other kind, and that is kinda cool. But to my mind only kinda. You see, I have no intention of getting married, as I am perfectly happy in my civil union. It’s just that now I have to defend my relationship choice to those who think I should automatically want to ‘upgrade’ to a marriage. It must be even worse for those choosing not to legally formalise their relationship in any way. I mean, now that we can get married, why wouldn’t we want to? After all everyone wants the same thing, right? Marriage, of course, has its roots in property rights and the ownership and control of women. For some that is still a sad truth. Luckily for us it has evolved a little into something more civilized; in our part of the world anyway. No longer is a marriage synonymous with the ball and chain of possession, like slavery. Today it is seen as a reasonable way of defining a civil connection betwe two people, between altho although in the minds of some it is still some kind re of religious stamp of appr approval, coming back full-cir full-circle to the masterservan arrangement of servant olden olde days. If I have to hear

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I celebrate relationships in all of their forms and the people who enter them have their own reasons for defining them in the way that feels right for them. I don’t want to end up with hierarchy of relationships in our community, where some are perceived to be more valid than others and I don’t want to throw stones at anyone’s glass house.

another lecture encouraging me to have my relationship validated by marriage, I may just have to do the ‘Wellington walk’ and step out on Manners Street directly into the path of a big yellow bus. My relationship is awesome just as it is, thank you. Stop telling me it needs an upgrade. Stop asking me why I “don’t want to be married?” My mum was married; four times. Ain’t nobody got time for that! You see, I never actually felt particularly less equal when I couldn’t get married. I crossed that bridge in 1993 with the passing of the Human Rights Amendment Act. I do hasten to add, however,

that I think the recent ability to allow marriage between any two consenting adults is a good step; it’s just that I don’t feel we should feel obligated to race towards it as if it is the holy grail of relationships. It isn’t. Isn’t the point of equality and freedom though, just that? Equality and freedom. I’m happy with civil union, I know plenty of others who are happy living “in sin” and I know plenty more who are happy flying solo. My fear however is that like the characters in Animal Farm we may be in the throes of a quiet revolution within our community where all

So as we celebrate the ability to marry, let’s not lose our freedom to choose other configurations. Many fought hard and long for the moment where the last bastions of disenfranchisement fell to the ground, but their struggle had never been for sameness; it was for equity. Let’s not become the kind of people we once fought against. Let’s make sure that in our communities we fight to keep the barriers down forever and not create hierarchies of straw that we will one day need to pull down. Let equal be equal, everywhere and for all. Marriage is not the pinnacle of relationships; it is merely another expression of one; no less valid, beautiful, meaningful or more important than any other.


An Angelic Opening Sat 22 March. Photos | Evan Donnelly After watching this three-hour epic open at Q Theatre the star-studded crowd packed into the bar to celebrate and discuss. Everyone was impressed confirming it to be must-see theatre. As our reviewer Shane Crook put it, “it will draw you in and make you believe that there is still tangibility in the utterly-intangible and glamour in the terminally-unglamorous.” We’re sold!

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Grab Your Balls and Get Sporty! The third annual Asia Pacific Outgames are coming to our not-too distant tropical neighbour, Northern Australia, in May. The Asia Pacific Outgames are a jovial multisport event held every three years for GLBTT athletes of all levels in the Asia-Pacific region. Erin Fae talked to Kiwi expat David Hindley who now calls Cambodia home, about the upcoming games. “The first big event I went to was the Gay Games in Sydney in 2001. I loved it. Then we went to Melbourne for the first Asia Pacific Outgames in 2008. Mr friends and I who had been to these events figured Wellington would be a great host city, so we bid and won the

right to host the second Asia Pacific Outgames, which were held in March 2011, which I co-chaired.” David tells us that the Outgames are more than just about competing in and watching your favourite sports. They are, “an amazing and fun experience. You are surrounded by passionate and interesting GLBTT people for a week, it’s just a wonderful and rare situation to enjoy.” Sound exciting? Want to take part? There is still time to register for the Darwin Outgames 2014. “You don’t have to be a top-level athlete,” David says. “Taking part is what it is all about. You will meet some great people from a lot of places, have

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The third annual Asia Pacific Outgames takes place in Darwin from Saturday 10 to Thursday 15 May. To register visit www.3apog.

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Hawaii’s Hot Scene

With same-sex marriage legalised and Honolulu Pride just around the corner, express chats with Hawaiian Airlines Cabin Crew Ken Morita to give us the low down on Honolulu’s gay hotspots. Honolulu’s Top Five Gay Night Spots

telling us, “Chef Chai Chaowasaree is one of

1) No visit to Honolulu is complete without visiting

Hawaii’s top chefs!” Must try dishes include

Hawaii’s biggest GLBTT nightclub Fusion Waikiki,

the deconstructed scallop pot pie with lobster

2260 Juhio Avenue, is open Friday and Saturdays

reduction with fingerling potatos, pearl onions,

but, “the club does not get crowded until 2 am,”

mushrooms, baby carrots and spinach. This

he explains, “usually everyone starts at either:”

healthy-eating focused establishment offers their

2) Popular bear bar Bacchus, 408 Lewers St.

specialty ‘steamed coconut milk ginger brown

3) Hawaii’s only gay sport’s bar LoJax, 2256 Kuhio Avenue. 4) Casual restaurant / bar In Between Waikiki,

rice’, which can be substituted for, ‘sauteed zucchini linguine’ for those on low carb diets. Welcome to America!

2155 Lau’ula, known for it’s karaoke and hunky barman Peter! 5) Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand, 34 Kapahulu Ave, at the Waikiki Grand Hotel boasts amazing views of Queen’s Surf beach.

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“You will find the spirit of aloha everywhere you go in Honolulu as local residents embrace the GLBTT community with open arms,” Ken tells express.

GLBTT Events in Hawaii Saturday 10 May to 31st - Annual Universal ShowQueen Pageant: Hawaii’s premier female impersonation pageants, attracts contestants and attendees from all over the world. “It has really grown to a huge and spectacular competition since its start in 1984.” Saturday 7 June - Honolulu Pride Parade: Hawaii’s largest GLBTT event since 1990, this event includes a parade that departs from Kapiolani Park, a festival with entertainment and vendors, and an after-party. Saturday 7 June – Love is Love Pride Parade After-Party: Once the parade is over, head to the after party to continue the festivities all through the night. Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 June – Honolulu 24th Annual Rainbow Film Festival: held at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre, there are plenty of GLBTT films to enjoy.

Win Return Flights To Hawaii! Throughout April and May express in conjunction with Family Bar and Hawaiian Airlines are giving you the chance to win free return flights to Hawaii from Auckland. To enter the competition keep a close eye on our website during April and May. Entry details will be posted there. Travel can be taken at any time (availability pending) from late May to August 2014 – you could even be there for Honolulu Pride! The more entries the more chance of winning. Only one entry per day is permitted. Winners will be notified late May and will be named in both express magazine and website in June.

Article | Oliver Hall. Photo Right | Model Francis Blas at Kahala Beach, Hawaii by Kevin and Dinko, Shot55 Photography, www.

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Out Takes : Five Reasons to Get Excited In an express exclusive, Out Takes Film Festival organizers, Reel Queer have announced the first five movies that will be part of this years rs event. twentieth century. Sadly due to his sexuality uality his achievements were not celebrated d and his name remains largely unknown. n. The film highlights Turing’s impact on modern ern technology through interviews with the e likes of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Free Fall (Germany) Labelled as the German Brokeback Mountain, Free Fall tells the story of two young German policemen, Mark and Kay, who find themselves attracted to each other. Not only can their affair put them at profession risk, but for Mark who is just about to move in with his pregnant girlfriend, his whole life is turned upside down.

Codebreaker (UK) This docudrama about WWII code-breaker Alan Turing was produced for the UK’s Channel 4 and features actor Ed Stoppard in the lead role. Turing who was gay, significantly aided Britain’s victory in the war, and paved the way for the computer age – making him one of the most influential people to have lived in the



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Heterosexual Jill (USA) Actor/director/producer/writer Michelle Ehlen follows up her unconventional debut feature Butch Jamie (about a butch lesbian actor who gets a Hollywood role by pretending to be a man, winning the affections of her co-star in the process) with Heterosexual Jill. The story this time focuses on a ‘reformed lesbian’, who decides to prove her new found heterosexuality by spending time with her ex (Ehlen), to prove she has no feelings left for women and is ready to move on with men. A preposterous but amusing romp.

Out Takes Film Festival stival runs from Thursday 22 May – Monday 2 June at Rialto cinemas, inemas, Newmarket, Auckland. kland. From Thursday 29 May – Wednesday 11 June une at the Paramount cinema nema in Wellington, and returns eturns to Christchurch from m Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 June une at the Hollywood theatre e in Sumner. Article | Oliver Hall

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Three fabulous reasons that Rob Sykes and Vinnue MacBride-Stewart tied the knot. To mark the anniversary of parliament passing the marriage equality bill express brings you our most lavish wedding feature ever. It was apparent when they met that Rob (pictured in maroon) and Vinnie (in grey) had a fair bit in common. Both the youngest children from deeply religious families (Vinnie’s catholic, Rob’s Mormon), both worked in the corporate world, both were the same age. But when Vinnie first opened his NZdating messages to see a simple, ‘Cute pic bro,’ from Rob who would have known that eight years on they would be happily married husbands. “He was one of the few people I met who had credit to text me back,” jokes Vinnie, who admits, “Though neither of us were looking for anything serious, we were seriously dating within about a week. When you least expect things, wonderful things happen.” When they met for the first time on the second of January, Rob was impressed that when talking about his children (a son and a daughter, now respectively aged 12 and 14), Vinnie wasn’t scared off. “I learnt to trust others with my babies as Vinnie became a part of their life,” Rob tells us. Sadly being a parent in a same-sex relationship is still not easy, Rob describes an incident where his son was bullied because of his two dads as, ‘heartbreaking’. “All we

want is for them to feel that our modern family is normal and that they are loved.” He says, assuring us that his son, “came through it strong, and is a beautiful young man.” With the motivations of building a secure family structure, and being head-over-heels in love, Vinnie maxed out his credit cards to buy a diamond ring, took Rob for fish and chips on the beach at Mission Bay and proposed. “Shaking with nerves, I asked Rob if he would spend the rest of his life with me.” Vinnie remembers. “It took him an hour or so to stop crying after he had said yes!” Ten months of planning and thousands of dollars later, the two were ‘Civil-Unionised’ with a 95-guest ceremony in the same spot on the beach that Vinnie had proposed, followed by a reception at the Ponsonby’s Old Fire Station on Williamson Avenue. As Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality bill made it into parliament, Rob and Vinnie put forward passionate submissions including a deeply personal oral submission, where Vinnie spoke of some of the horrendous scars inequality had given members of our community. When the bill passed Rob decided it was his turn to propose six years after the first proposal and chose the lucky second (the same date they met, proposed and civilly unionised on) as the day to do it. Recruiting Rob’s best friend Tania to assist, he got her to call Vinnie to say her car had broken down at Mission Bay and she needed his help.

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“When I got there I could not see Tania. I kept on ringing... She kept on hanging up on me,” Vinnie explains. “I looked over at the beach, and saw Rob. We were in tears; he got down on one knee and proposed. Tania was hiding in the bushes taking photos.” Three months later Rob began to experience long-lasting headaches. Eventually an acoustic MRI uncovered a foreign mass in the right hand side of his brain, which specialists diagnosed as a tumour. Despite being devastated by the news, the couple affirmed to remain as positive, focusing on the fact: the tumour had been found early, was slow growing and was located in a part of the brain that is least used. Rob tells us,“I don’t underestimate

it was read out at their Civil Union, Vinnie had it translated in to Maori, “to join it to Rob’s heritage,” and had it tattooed on his chest. He says the tattoo took six hours and hurt like hell. Now that is true love!

the seriousness of it. It is not curable. They will operate to get as much of it out as possible.”Through the ordeal he describes Vinnie as his rock. “He even had to tell our babies. I couldn’t do it myself.” He says solemnly. “He has helped me to feel loved, protected and safe. [But] I know it’s been tough on him.”

Penny Ashton, who they had met through mutual friends. “[She] pulled together a heartfelt, honest, witty and love filled ceremony that shared the love we have for each other and for our babies, and the respect we have for our parents who were right there at our sides regardless of religious belief.”

“This is one of the many things that has come into our lives that is a challenge to overcome. Every time we face something like this our love grows stronger, and we become even closer… this tumour simply makes us realise how much we need and love each other.”

The reception that followed saw the boys enter to Jason Te Mete singing John Legend’s So High, followed by performances from drag queens Buckwheat and Tess Tickle to the 200 guests. Vinnie presented Rob with the Korowai (feather cloak) that his nieces and nephews had lovingly made without his knowledge to show how much Mana (strength) he has.

The ceremony, once again on Mission Bay beach, was made up of just 12: the grooms, their best friends, their children and parents. As with their Civil Union, it was overseen by celebrant

Vinnie sums up their relationship with the monologue that concluded the final episode of Sex & The City. After

express would like to thank Tania Eastlake from Sadie & Co (www. for providing us with this beautiful love and marriage themed shoot of our gorgeous grooms Rob and Vinnie. Article | Oliver Hall Photography and Styling | Tania and Simon from Sadie & Co. Prop hire and Styling - Amanda Fergus from The Vintage Table. Floral styling - Susan and Luana from Floral Stylist. Suits - Hallensteins. Wedding rings - Carats Jewellery. Cake - Toni from Frosting. Food - Little & Friday. Location - Tree Adventures Woodhill Forest.

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A Fairytale Setting for Versatile Weddings Every dream wedding, needs a dream wedding venue. express peruses Auckland gem Highwic. Highwic – the stately home in Newmarket cared for by the NZ Historic Places Trust – is developing a reputation for its glittering fairytale same-sex weddings and civil unions. The 152-year-old mansion doubles as both revered heritage icon and ‘venue with verve’ for glam gay couples tying the knot, according to Highwic’s Visitor Services Coordinator, Christiane Pracht. “The first thing people understand about Highwic when they come and visit us is its flexibility. We can do everything from ‘venerable’ to ‘vixen’ – and every ‘v’ in between,” says Christiane. “We are Victorian – but we are also versatile!” Additional selling points include Highwic’s authentic Ballroom, a Billiard House that seats 60 people for formal dining – and room for a marquee. All within a floral bouquet’s throw of Newmarket’s premier shopping spots and restaurants. “Highwic really has a lot to offer our clients. Where else can guests enjoy cocktails and a game of croquet in the garden before coming inside and experiencing the kauri panelling, Victorian antiques and original artwork of the Ballroom?” “Or what about letting rip with your music and light show in a marquee on the lawn?” she says. As well as years of experience in weddings and functions, Highwic staff are GLBTT friendly, professional and always up for a challenge.

heritage fabric. Highwic can be transformed into a venue fit for kings and queens.” She tells us. Thanks to an extensive programme of restoration and repainting last year, Highwic is looking better than ever. It also offers on-site parking and close proximity to public transport. “And of course people are not just limited to our opening hours. Highwic is available for functions any day of the week – and people can rock until midnight.” Highwic is open 10.30am-4.30pm on Wednesdays to Sunday or by prior appointment. To book a time to talk with Christiane phone 09 524 5729 or email Article | Oliver Hall

“We love to make people’s dreams come true. We offer heritage with a twist. Clients can decorate Highwic to their hearts content, provided they don’t damage the original

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Scene Pride of the South Thur 13 – Sat 22 March. Photos | Craig Ashby Christchurch Pride welcomed gorgeous faces from all over the South Island. Opening with a screening of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, followed with performances from inked-up hottie Anika Moa. Other fabulous events included a Mystery Bus Trip, which toured some of Christchurch’s most popular pubs and bars. The closing party attracted 250 guests and featured drag shows from Joanne Neilson, Lilly Loudmouth and Little Miss Cinnamon

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A Moving Display

In ‘30’, his second exhibition as Film Archive Curator-at-Large, Gareth Watkins reflects on the history of HIV AIDS in New Zealand. The first death of a person in New Zealand with an AIDS related illness was in 1984 when a young man returned from overseas to his home in New Plymouth. In 1986 a paper was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal that described the first 11 patients with AIDS to be treated at Auckland Hospital. Over half died within 13 months of diagnosis. All were homosexual males, aged between 28 and 43. The exhibition’s title not only marks the 30th anniversary of the first death in New Zealand, but it also highlights the age group that many of these gay men were in, when they passed away. “I didn’t come out until the early 1990s and so this exhibition helps me understand some of our shared history,” says Watkins. “Shared – in that when I was going through high school, AIDS and homosexuality were [though to be] intertwined.

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There was a ‘joke’, ‘What does gay stand for? Got AIDS Yet’. That’s how many people saw it. It was one of my parent’s biggest fears of my coming out… Re-enforced in school when the only mention of homosexuality was in health classes where we learnt about STIs and AIDS.” The exhibition is made up of seven screens; each randomly displaying themed sequences: remembrance, media coverage, artistic responses, stigma, self-esteem, treatment, prevention and individuals and communities affected. “I thought it was particularly important to have a sequence relating to self-esteem; as this is still a factor in risk-taking behaviours. A sense of worthlessness and isolation are feelings shared by many marginalised people. The Hero Festival, established by Rex Halliday in the early 1990s, began to tackle these issues within rainbow communities.” “It was also important to highlight the stigma surrounding HIV AIDS and how that continues to

have a negative effect on the day-to-day lives of many people.” “In addition to the achieval footage, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt has generously allowed us to display five quilt panels,” says Watkins. “These panels are living memorials created by family, friends and groups to acknowledge those that have passed. It is incredibly special to have them with us for the duration of the exhibition.” 30 opens 6.30pm Tuesday 15 April at the New Zealand Film Archieve, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington, with a screening of 30 significant HIV AIDS moments from the Film Archive collection, followed by a reception. 30 will be exhibited until Saturday 14 June. Article | Oliver Hall. Photo | Curator Gareth Watkins beside Kevin Todd’s panel (1954-1998), artist Welby Ings, New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. Panels from the quilt will feature in the 30 exhibition, alongside film footage.


Taylor Momsen Tayor is the reason we all love a good girl gone bad. The 20 year old started her career as a movie actress, before becoming Jenny Humphrey on the bitchy series Gossip Girl. Jump forward five years, Taylor has left acting behind and become a fully-fledged member of the church of rock and roll. Her band, The Pretty Reckless have just released their second album Going To Hell. Having toured with the likes of Marilyn Manson and Evanescence, Taylor can rock out with the best of them. Her rock’n’roll looks have also scored her gigs as the face of Galliano, UK high-street staple New Look and Madonna’s Material Girl fashion line. Now guess where that crucifix ends?


Hawaiian Party Time Fri 14 March. Photos | Evan Donnelly This grey Friday evening was brightened up by Hawaiian Airlines one year anniversary of flying into Auckland. The Airline took over Marvel Grill at Auckland’s North Wharf with a party that captured the true spirit of Aloha! Featuring live music and a fabulous performance from their hula girl dance troupe, it was the talk of the travel industry.

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The Future Lordes Five New Zealand musicians who’s band wagon you should immediately jump on. Indi 19 year old Indira Force has also had the honour of opening for Lorde, as lead singer of electronictrip band Doprah. Not content with dominating alternative radio charts with the band, her solo work sees her collaborate with NZ music darling, Lorde-producer Joel Little. Two musical projects, both going places very fast.

Young Hellions As ex-Cat Venom band-mate Zowie fades from the pop-music scene, her former band-mate, Maeve Munro steps into the spotlight with her solo project, Young Hellions. Blessed with solid reviews (from infamous website The Corner, no less) and songs getting to apathy-inducing levels of rotation on alternative radio, her selftitled EP is out now through MUZAI Records. http://www.facebook. com/younghellions

Randa He played Big Day Out earlier this year, has been nominated for a VNZMA for his video “Frankenstein” (produced by fantastic beat-maker Totems) and seems to be the ‘cause celebre’ regarding raps no longer having lengthy verses! Trans rapper Randa’s rhymes allude to pop culture, specifically the nineties which conjure up more nostalgia than seeing a boxed set of Friends at a car boot sale. Check out his latest releases ‘Cosby Kid’ and Dan Aux collaboration ‘Kelly Bundy’.

Yumi Zouma Remember (Charlie Ryder’s) Bang! Bang! Eche! or (Josh Burgess’) Sleepy Age? No? Then go back and start there before jumping on the coat tails of their new band. Yumi Zouma’s debut EP has already featured on buzz blogs such as Gorilla Vs. Bear, Brooklyn Vegan and Stereogum. Their 10’ vinyl, released by New York label Cascine, has already sold out - thankfully though, in this day and age, everything is available online. http://www.

Watercolours Chelsea-Jade Metcalfe to her friends, Watercolours to those who have seen her perform on stage at the likes of this year’s Laneway Festival and also opening for Lorde. Winner of the 2012 VNZMA Critic’s Choice award, 2014 looks to be her break out year – with her boycrush collaboration Secrets recently pressed onto 7” clear vinyl and a rumoured follow up to 2013’s Portals EP. http://chelseajadeiswatercolours. Article | Sandoval Rubenstein

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The Toast of Queenstown The Public Kitchen and Bar in Queenstown is arguably the most beautiful location for a restaurant in New Zealand. Located on Steamer Wharf, the Public is a cool, casual and trendy spot highlighted by its outdoor section, with its incredible views of the Remarkables. The menu is extensive and offers some unusual selections. We started with lamb koftas ($24) which were suitably moist and delicious. The cod croquettes were hot and slightly gooey ($15) and Marty’s hand-made sausage and lentil sauce ($16) was rich and satisfying. For dessert we loved the massive serving of trifle ($14) with limoncello

and finished with summer berries. The wine and beverage list is extensive and the pricing is surprisingly moderate. Our server Lucy was terrific. In a city where service can be hit or miss. She had a great energy and seemed to really care about making sure we were having a good time. The Public Kitchen and bar is exactly the sort of restaurant Queenstown has been aching for; casual and relaxed, but also offering smart food and the best views in the city. The Public Kitchen and Bar is on the Steamer Wharf, Queenstown. For bookings call 03 442 5969. Article | Mark Garrison

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Foodie Bites with Alexia Santamaria

Hot Noodles

Buono Gustoso!

We’re sad to see the end of long, warm summer days but are consoling ourselves in the fact that soon we’ll have an excuse (like we need one!) to go to Xi’an Noodle Bar and have one of our favourite Auckland winter dishes – hand-pulled ‘biangbiang’ noodles with spicy braised pork. One of the best $9.50 you’ll ever spend in this fair city. Xi’an Noodle Bar 242a Dominion Rd Mt Eden (also branches in Mt Albert, the CBD, New Lynn and Panmure)

Recently opened Gusto at the Grand is the talk of the town, and it’s no wonder really. The food is sublime and it’s a beautifully fittedout space in the Sky City Grand Hotel (is there anywhere to dine but Federal Street these days?) Chef, Sean Connolly, has come up with a fabulous Italian menu and after a ‘Chef’s Table’ experience with the man himself we can highly recommend the house-made ricotta drizzled with honey and pine nuts, melt-in-the-mouth Sardinian ravioli, crumbed veal cutlet, radicchio, orange, shaved fennel salad, kingfish tail saltimbocca and (of course) his famous duck fat potatoes. If you have space, his signature dessert Rum Baba ‘1835’ will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Gusto at the Grand, 90 Federal Street, Auckland www.skycityauckland.

Way too Cheesy Two Dutch-style cheeses and one made by a Dutch woman meant a clean sweep for Netherlandsinfluenced product at the recent New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. The three top prizes were taken out by an aged Gouda by Barrys Bay Cheeses, a very old Edam by Mahoe and an organic offering made by Jeanne Van Kuyk of Aroha Organic Goat Cheese. Well done to all other gold, silver and bronze over a db o e medalists eda s s – o e 430 New Zealand Zealan nd specialty special cheeses were w re ente we entered in this year’ year’s r s competition. compet www.nzsca. www.n gay g ay ye ex exp xp x presss.c co.n o z o.

Show Us Your Meat We’ve long been fans of Salash Delicatessen’s incredible cured meats and sausages so are beyond excited to hear they now have their own retail space in Auckland’s Victoria Park Market. It’s a great traditional-looking delicatessen with their entire product plus cheeses and other delights. Even better, if you pop in at lunchtime you can grab one of their sausages or top quality pork or beef, cooked and served in beautiful artisan bread with salad and sauces. They have also branched out into fresh product; their aged marinated eye fillet has to be tasted to be believed. Salash Delicatessen, Victoria Park Market, Auckland

Market Stall of the Month: Pukeko Bakery One of our favourite stalls around Auckland markets is Pukeko Bakery. Starting with just one, Jason the Baker now has 12 at Matakana, Clevedon, Takapuna, La Cigale, Parnell ,Titirangi, Coatesville, Browns Bay, Britomart, Howick, Hobsonville and Gulf Harbour, with retail stores in Parnell and Mairangi Bay. We find it hard to pick favourites but the Kumara Bread has a huge following and we love the Schiacciata (Italian flatbread) and San

Francisco Sourdough. Make sure you check out the sweet treats too.

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Rugby & Drag! Sat 22 March. Photos | Evan Donnelly Family was packed to the rafters this Saturday. Ribena was out in full regalia showing Wellington drag friends what gay Auckland is all about! The NZ Falcons rugby team had flocked there following their end of season drinks. Everyone cut shapes on the newly refurbished dance-floor until the wee small hours. The Canadian tourists who had just one night in Auckland before touring the rest of the country – wished they could have stayed longer.

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May Special Features


Themes to look forward to in the next express include:




Meet Your Community The Outrageous Miss Ribena What could you not live without? Crackers (Arnotts), cheese (Blue Vein) and Pate (Bacon and Mushroom). What assets does your perfect man need to possess? Someone that understands there is more to me than just drag… And has to be big and butch – like me! Describe your perfect weekend? Getting away to five-star hotel on a relaxing tropical island for some fun in the sun.







Queer Pop Culture



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Your favourite band? What inspires your outfits?


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Boney M – I’m old school!

Who is your own personal drag icon? Polly Peartree from Sydney for inspiration. Auckland’s Divine Miss K for words of wisdom and I really admire Mitzi Makintosh’s work – her charity work especially. In no more than five words describe the future of drag? Big, bold and beautiful. This colourful diva can be found at Poof On Ponsonby, Family on K’ Road and soon to be embarking on the nationwide LYC tour.

From the ultimate gay super heroes to the movie makers that leave us gasping for more – express brings you a visual feast.

Ready To Wear We profile porn-star turned poet turned fashion god Aidan Shaw’s meteoric rise, chat with top New Zealand designers and give you the style-tips you’ve been waiting for!

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Toning Up Top fitness tips from a bevy of bodies and minds that you won’t be able to stop looking at!

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New Zealand’s Biggest Gay Night Club With your Host Miss Ribena


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2014 04 • gay express april 2014 issue