Green MP Stephen Bates’ emotional first speech on coming out
He said his experience in poverty-paying jobs and coming out as gay shaped his politics.
Mr Bates admitted sharing his story was harder than he thought and took a moment to compose his emotions.
I spent my teenage years knowing I was gay and doing everything in my power to hide it.
Stephen Bates, Green MP for Brisbane
At 29, Mr Bates is one of the youngest parliamentarians and said he hoped his election would inspire young people to stand for office.
Green Senator Larissa Waters is campaigning with Stephen Bates. Source: AAP / JONO SEARLE
“I’ve heard many times that I’m too young for politics and don’t look like a politician, which is a compliment, but those are the qualities that got me here. today,” he said.
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