Matt Loader is the Labor party's candidate running in the South Australian seat of Sturt against innovation minister Christopher Pyne.
On Wednesday he shared an emotional video on Facebook about the time he was bashed just for being gay.
Loader held back tears as he described the night he was assaulted by three drunk men on the streets of Adelaide.
"What happened to me is an inevitable consequence of a society who haven't given people in same-sex relationships the full citizenship and equality that is their birthright as human beings."
Liberal support has been dropping in Adelaide, and Loader put that down to it's hypocritical position on a number of issues including marriage equality.
Loader told BuzzFeed News he's been overwhelmed by the positive response to his video, which has so far been viewed more than 33,000 times. You can read the full transcript below.
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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