Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Farmer Can't Find Mr Right; Southern Downs Man Drought Not Just Impacting on Women:

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Farmer Can't Find Mr Right; Southern Downs Man Drought Not Just Impacting on Women:

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Byline: TONI SOMES

FARMER wants a husband: The advertisement is straight forward. Even if the story behind it is not.

This is about being a farmer, being gay, single, 40 and searching for a soul mate.

The last thing Clifton dairy farmer Bevan wants is public sympathy. He's always preferred understanding.

aThere are definite challenges in my situation,a Bevan said.

aWarwick is a conservative area and I am an open and honest guy.

aI don't make my sexuality a secret, because I don't want people to make lame excuses not to deal with me.

aIf they don't want to deal with a gay bloke, I'd prefer they were straight about it.a

Then there is the issue of meeting someone special when you live and work in the bush. For the latter is not something he is about to change after a lifetime in the dairy sector.

aI grew up on a dairy farm, I've been in the industry practically since I left school,a Bevan said.

aIt's hard work a I've been up at 4.30 every morning through the last week of freezing weather a but I love what I do.a

Professionally he is satisfied; personally he knows there could be more to his life.

aI haven't given up on finding someone special, but I have been single for a while.a

It is not from lack of trying: He's advertised in the local paper, signed up with three websites focused on finding love and toured his share of pubs and clubs.

aInevitably if I do meet someone they're from the city and they want to know if I am prepared to travel, or how much I leave the farm.a

Closer to home there have been those who wanted secret relationships, fearing retaliations if their heterosexual mates found out.

All in all it means lasting love has eluded Bevan.

aI've known I was gay since my early teens,a he admitted.

aIt is not always an easy thing. …

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