Faces, places: Craig

Welcome back to Faces, places. This time round the spotlight is on first-time Rainbow Youth board member Craig Hoyle.

Why did you want to join the board? 

My life wasn’t always this cool.  I was thrown out of home by my parents when I came out as gay, and Rainbow Youth was a huge help to me back then.  This has made me really passionate about fighting for equality here in Aoteroa, which is a big part of the reason I ran for board

What do you do for a job/ tell us a little bit about your background?

 I live in a super-chilled flat in Grey Lynn with a bunch of randoms who have become very good friends.  I’m currently finishing a Communications degree at AUT, and work part-time at TV3.  I love travel, and one of my goals in life is to go to every country in the world – I’ve been to nearly 50 so far!

What does GLBT equality mean to you?

It means people being able to live their lives without fear or prejudice, it means holding hands with your boyfriend in town, it means being able to tell people you’re gay without worrying about what they might think.

Five words to sum yourself up?

I’m a pretty awesome person

If you could have any magic power, what would it be?

To grant wishes (including to myself)

What three guest would join your table (living/dead) for the ultimate dinner party?

Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Graham Norton

Describe your perfect day off in/around Auckland?

Not having to leave the house at all for the day.  Sleeping in, watching movies, catching up on housework.  (Sad, I know!)

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