Newsletter / July 2010

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Hi and Kia ora!

Welcome to the July newsletter of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.

Governor-General becomes lead patron

We are delighted to announce that His Excellency the Governor-General of New Zealand, The Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, has agreed to become lead patron for the event.

The Governor-General is the personal representative of New Zealand's Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Anand's role as lead patron is especially appropriate for the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames, as he is New Zealand's first Governor-General of Indian and Pacific ancestry. His grandparents were born in India and migrated to Fiji, while his parents were born in Fiji and migrated to New Zealand.

Ten pin bowlers step up

Registrations for the Outgames sports and conference have now been open for a month, and people are saving big sums of money by taking advantage of our earlybird rates. Ten pin bowling, running, swimming and squash are leading the pack for registration numbers for the moment.

More sports

In response to strong numbers of requests, we are looking at the possibility of adding two additional sports to the competition - soccer and triathlon. We will let you know if and when we are able to confirm these. And we are delighted that LGBTI rowers will be holding a rowing camp during the Outgames.

Conference plans developing quickly

Many keynote speakers have accepted invitations to speak at our human rights conference. We'll be announcing names shortly. Expressions of interest have also started to arrive from potential conference presenters. There is a range of opportunities for people to participate, from findings of academic research through to a group or individual sharing examples of how they have championed their rights and refused to be treated as second class people.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted until 30 September 2010. Further information, and the Expression of Interest form, can be found in our conference section.

GLISA-AP invites you to join a conversation

GLISA AP (the AsiaPacific body that licences the Outgames in this part of the world) wishes good luck to those competing at the Gay Games in Cologne!

"Have a blast and we look forward to seeing you in Wellington. You can keep up with news and stories from Cologne, or send a message of support by going to the GLISA-AP website: www.glisaap.org".

GLISA-AP would also like to hear from people regarding the goal to have one world-wide event in 2018. You can share your thoughts on the discussion board on GLISA-AP's page on Facebook.

GLISA-AP strengthens communities and encourages participation through sport, culture and human rights. You can join this network of individuals and clubs for free.

Wellington movie fundraiser

We have a nail-biting movie advance screening coming up - The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you saw that movie you'll know that you can't miss this one. It's a fundraiser for us at The Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, 8pm Tuesday 20 July (movie starts 8.30). Tickets are $20:Contact us forEnquiries and booking confirmations or check out our Facebook page to get yours.

Quiz nights

Our Quiz nights at S&M bar at 176 Cuba Street, Wellington, have started again, with a friendly crowd enjoying the questions and the company on the first night. Just $5, great prizes, and you can bring a team or join a team when you get there. 7pm Thursdays. All welcome.

Don't miss the Devious FREEZE dance party

Devious FREEZE will be held on Saturday July 24 on Wellington's Queen's Wharf. We're fundraising on the coatcheck, so drop by and say hi. Visit www.deviousparty.co.nz to get your tickets.

Party ticket winners

Thanks to all who entered our competitions for tickets to the Devious FREEZE dance party, and the capital's Fetish Ball. The winners have been informed.

Finally - join us!

You can save up to NZ$80 with earlybird registrations, so sign up now and start planning for anunforgettable week at the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.

Best wishes,

David and Virginia
Co-chairs
2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
12-19 March 2011
wellingtonoutgames.com

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