The Ending HIV Big Gay Out
is Aotearoa’s biggest and gayest whānau-friendly rainbow event and part of the Auckland Pride Festival. Join more than 10,000 gorgeous LGBTIQ+ people and their whānau and friends, for a day in the sun full of music, food, dance and colour!
12-7.00pm, Sunday 9 February 2020
This is a FREE whānau-friendly event
This year is our 21st birthday party!
BIG GAY DANCE PARTY
Enjoy performances from local and international acts on the Grassroots Trust main stage, plus some surprise special guests
Dance the afternoon away at the Big Gay Dance Party with drag shows and local DJs
Smash stigma and indulge your taste buds at Café+, an HIV-positive eatery. HIV cannot be transmitted via food or food preparation, so come and join us to show your support for people living with HIV
Test for HIV and STIs at the NZAF Burnett centre
There are over 140 stalls with community groups, organisations and food and beverages to enjoy
We don’t recommend driving unless necessary as there are very few parks in Point Chev.
Dedicated event buses depart from the K’Road bridge on a scheduled service for $5 each way, check out the timetable below.
Bike Auckland are generously offering a secure place to store you bike or e-Scooter at the entrance to Coyle Park.
Many public buses drive through Point Chev township, along Meola Road or all the way to Coyle Park, check the routes and make sure you get off at the right stop closest to the park. You may need to walk or find a scooter nearby to take you the rest of the way.
Mobility parking is in abundance this year with reserved spaces right by Coyle Park, it is first in first served however, so make sure you come early.
$5 Each Way
Getting to the event
Who organises the Big Gay Out?
Since the very early 2000s, the Big Gay Out has been funded and delivered by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF), who also run Ending HIV. We aim to keep the event free and accessible every year, but this gets more and more challenging with expenses increasing while our funding doesn't. Please help us to keep it free by dropping a donation in one of the donation buckets dotted around the park.
How do I get home?
Basically the same options you have to get to the event, except the event buses will drop you near to the Karangahape Road/Queen St intersection so you can easily get to Staircase for the only Official BGO After-Party!
What should I wear?
Anything you like, but make sure you’re comfortable, wearing appropriate footwear and sun-safe. We love to see you dressed in your best, donning your favourite outfits and literally wearing your pride on your sleeves in this very safe space - just remember that children will be there too, so please keep this in mind while planning your look for the big day.
Can I bring my pet?
Dogs are very welcome, and we’ve teamed up with SAFE to provide a nice shaded area and water for the doggies in the Big Gay Marketplace. While we would love to see other animals, it’s probably best they stay home.
What facilities are there if I have accessibility needs?
We have plenty of mobility parking spaces super close to the park and there are a number of wide accessways around the park (both concrete and grass) for you. There are also two large toilets that fit electric wheelchairs. If you have any questions, come to the event information tent at the entrance to the event.
Who is this event for?
If you’re a member of Aotearoa’s Rainbow communities (which includes people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takatāpui, whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, akava’ine, māhū, vaka sa lewa lewa, rae rae, fiafifine, fakafifine, palopa, kathoey, hijra, baklâ, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning – as well as our whānau, family and friends) or an ally, then this is the day for you – so, please join us for the party – people of all ages and abilities are welcome! Please know that Big Gay Out first and foremost needs to be a safe space for our communities.
What is an ally?
An ally is someone who doesn’t necessarily identify as a member of these communities, BUT supports equal civil rights, gender equality, Rainbow social movements and challenges prejudice directed at these communities. An ally acknowledges that our communities face discrimination and aims to use their position in their own communities to challenge this discrimination in all its forms.
What should I bring with me?
We’re expecting a hot, sunny day - so come prepared for that with a water bottle, sun umbrella, hat and/or sun cream. There will be stations to buy water bottles and hats, as well as top up your water bottle and slather on more sun cream. Also bring money and an ID if you intend to access the R18 areas. Most stalls will have Eftpos and there will be cash out facilities too.
Is there good cellphone coverage at Coyle Park?
Not really, to be honest - so take a look at our map and plan ahead if you're trying to meet up with people. Both Vodafone and 2degrees are bringing coverage extenders to help make your phones work better this year, but with over 10,000 people at the park, it could still be a bit slower than you're used to.
What if I run out of battery on my phone?
Our partner Vodafone will have charging stations in their tent for you to top up. You don’t need to be a Vodafone customer to take advantage of this.
Where are the toilets?
All of the toilets are located under the trees by the Big Gay Marketplace. We know this is quite far away from the stage area, which always inconveniences a few people, but we are limited on flat, shaded areas for toilets to go, so they all have to go in this area. This way you can also enjoy the offerings in the marketplace as you pass through. There are a couple of larger accessible toilets in the area too.
What if it rains?
We’re not predicting any poor weather, but if it rains then the event will still be on. Should an extreme weather event occur, then the event will be cancelled and there is no postponement date. The event was advertised as having an extreme weather postponement date, but we made the decision to begin setting up for the event on Wednesday 5 February, which means this postponement date is no longer an option should the event be impacted by extreme weather.
Is there shade and water at the event?
We’ve done our best to improve the shade options this year, but at the end of the day it is a free, outdoor event in the peak of Summer. We allow people to BYO marquees to set up. Please check the event map for the location for this. It is first in first served, so come early if you want to do this. There is water available in the Big Gay Marketplace and there is free sunblock on offer at many of our stalls and the information tent.
Can I bring my own food or alcohol?
You can bring your own food with you! There are a couple of bars at the event where those who are 18+ can purchase alcohol. BGO is a very lucky event as Coyle Park isn't a liquor ban area. Anybody who brings a "picnic" along, we ask that they do imbibe sensibly so that people can keep bringing "picnics" for many years to come 😉.
Can I smoke or vape at the event?
The event is smoke and vape-free. Please head down Pt Chev Road if you want to smoke or vape.
Will it be cancelled due to Coronavirus?
Big Gay Out will not be cancelled due to Coronavirus. We urge everyone to take appropriate cautions like using hand sanitiser (which is available at the event) and to cough/sneeze into their elbow to minimise any risk of spreading any airborne viruses. The Ministry of Health is advising self-isolation if you visited the Coronavirus outbreak zone in the last 14 days. More info here.
The Lantern Festival cancellation was due to Auckland's Chinese community representatives working with event organisers, who feel it is not appropriate to celebrate the festival given the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak in China and its toll on life there.
Is there a hashtag for social media?
We’d love to see your photos, so share them with #BigGayOut and #BGO2020 for all platforms with hashtags.
Where is the after-party?
There is only one official after-party for the BGO. This is the Fluoro Party at Staircase bar. Staircase are generously donating all proceeds from ticket sales to NZAF, so please head along to Staircase to show your support. The event buses will drop you as close to Staircase as they can get.
Where do I get that awesome Big Gay Out merchandise from?
Our merchandise tent is right beside St Johns. Come and grab it all! It’s priced at only $15 for a bottle, cap or tote bag (or $35 for any 3), and all proceeds are a donation to NZAF. Any merchandise leftover will be sold online after the event for those who couldn’t make it.
Can I hand out flyers/material at the event?
No. The event is strictly zero waste, so no group or organisation is permitted to distribute any unauthorised material. There is a harsh fine for anyone caught doing so, as it will put our council permit in jeopardy for future events.
Do I need to bring cash?
Most stalls will accept cash and Eftpos. There will be cash out facilities near the main entrance to the event for those who prefer cash – also, if you plan to catch the event buses, these will be $5 cash each way.