On a sizzling Auckland Summer’s Day, Big Gay Out 2024 offered a bright rainbow fair day for all our community.

On Sunday 18 February, the Big Gay Out took over Auckland’s Coyle Park with stalls, DJs, live performances and appearances from some of New Zealand’s most influential politicians.

While the hot family-friendly daytime event was a big success, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Opposition Leader Chris Hipkins were drowned out by a group of people protesting the situation in Gaza.


“It was a shame the conversations with the Prime Minister were cut short due to loud protests about an unrelated cause,” Burnett Foundation Aotearoa Chief Executive Joe Rich admits to YOUR EX, “but we will continue engaging constructively with the Government to ensure we are making progress on great health outcomes for our communities.”

In general, Big Gay Out organisers Burnett Foundation Aotearoa were thrilled with the event’s success.

“We were delighted to see so much queer diversity and people celebrating being themselves and having fun after such a tough year for many,” Chief Executive Joe Rich tells us.

Photos | Peter Jennings.