It was a big week for this year’s token Big Brother gay, Queensland farmer David Graham.
Not only did he tell his housemates about his gayness, he came out to most of his family and plenty of his townspeople at the same time. No wonder he was crying.
David told Sydney Star Observer how hard it was being gay in the country when we interviewed him back in February about his float in the Mardi Gras parade.
The float was called Outback Jacks and featured real-life gay cowboys from rural Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
When we spoke to the former international model, five people had just pulled out of participating in the parade entry because they were afraid of upsetting the folks back home.
They’re just afraid. Everyone that’s involved so far is out, but at the same time it’s just the other people in their family they don’t want to upset, David said.
He also said if it weren’t for the fairly recent arrival of internet chat site Gaydar, gay guys in the bush wouldn’t have any chance of meeting each other.
It’s all about Gaydar. Gaydar is the only way we know each other.
Pretty much everyone relies on it, yeah. We wouldn’t know anyone, because I mean, everyone who lives out here isn’t obvious. You can’t tell at all.
David hoped the float would show other young gay farmers they weren’t alone.
It’s all outback blokes, just sending the message to every young guy out there considering he doesn’t have a place in the bush, that he does. There’s a shit load of farmers out there who are gay and who are doing quite well, he said.
When asked if all the farmers on his float were gay, he said, Yeah, everyone’s a faggot, yep. I don’t think you’d get too many bloody non-fags coming on the float.
He said there wouldn’t be any lesbians on the float as they didn’t know any in the country, but he did say there would be some straight girls taking part including his sister.
David said he previously participated in the parade in 2005 as part of ACON’s float.
Also in the last week it has emerged that David was the victim of a serious gay bashing outside a Brisbane gay bar in January.
According to a report in the Courier Mail, a gang of men threw rocks and bottles at him before punching and kicking him.
It has also emerged that David was being courted by DNA magazine for a story about real Brokeback Mountain cowboys when he entered lockdown before going into the house.