Being young and gay has its advantages. Free drinks and always the centre of attention. Even on dates you usually end up with not having to spend a cent.

But if you happen to be young, and you happen to be gay, and you happen to be interested in politics or other worldly matters, you are pretty much struck down as being simply “too young to understand”.

I don’t think being gay has too much to do with it, although I’m sure quite a few older guys see younger boys as featherbrained entertainment. Any mature conversation is thought to go through one ear and out the other.

And don’t even bother preaching a left-wing perspective. You’d be shocked how many gay men can fit squarely into Abbott’s speedos.

I think what people seem to forget is that my generation is a generation that has grown up in a post 9/11 world, where our leaders are thought of by many as corrupt, where financial doomsday prophecies are predicted every week, and where we are told constantly that our government is inept.

So I, like many in my generation, have taken a particular interest in the people we call ‘leaders’, and it’s quite unfortunate that we are seeing many kids around my age disenchanted with both major political parties.

My generation is one that sees the importance of addressing humanist issues, rather than the continual banter between politicians on issues of finance.

We believe that without equality, without humane treatment of every person on this planet and without peace, why should anything else matter?

So next time a gay boy wants to chat politics, don’t write him off. Behind those perfectly plucked eyebrows might lie a brain!

Disclaimer: This does not go for every gay boy. Some gay boys are quite honestly as dumb as bread. Buy them a drink and hope to God they shut up.

By JESSE MATHESON

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