Sunday, October 08, 2006

Big Brother David Graham - political career

David_graham_2road.jpg Gay Australian sheep farmer and Big Brother contestant David Graham launches his political career.

FORMER Big Brother housemate and gay icon David Graham has set his sights on a political career with the Nationals.
The sheep farmer and former model has nominated for the role of state secretary of the Queensland Young Nationals in a ballot due to be held in the next month. He has been a party member for more than 11 years.
Speaking yesterday from his property at Moonie in Queensland’s southwest, Mr Graham said the move was part of his long-term ambition to enter state or federal parliament.

He hoped his experiences on this year’s Big Brother reality television show would prepare him for political life.
“I went on Big Brother and for 24 hours a day for 100 days I was filmed, I have no secrets, everyone has seen me,” he said.

Mr Graham, who made headlines when he revealed his sexuality on the Ten Network program, is a passionate supporter of the legalisation of gay civil unions a stance that puts him at odds with his colleagues in Queensland’s Young Nationals.

In May this year, the State Council strongly opposed Mr Graham’s motion that the party declare its support for gay unions.
However, the West Australian Young Nationals approved a similar pledge and will present a resolution to give homosexuals living in a civil union the same rights as heterosexual couples at next week’s national conference.

For his part, Mr Graham, a party member for more than 11 years, believes his stance will not block his bid to become state secretary.
Queensland Young Nationals state president Damien Tessman said he would be happy to work alongside Mr Graham but admitted some party members wouldn’t support his views on same-sex couples.
Digg it: source : at Techstickle Gay News and Views from and for Queer Aussies

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