Timothy Lee, 20, understands the sacrifices he may have to make as the face of the campaign for equality of sexual rights but says it is worth the risk. 'I have done it before ... I went on a television programme about gay students when I was 16 and had schoolmates and friends thinking I was a freak,' he said. 'They thought homosexuality was a very sensitive issue and wondered how I could be so gutsy as to show myself on television.' Mr Lee said a lot of young gay men around his age wanted to date men over the age of 21 but worried because of the lack of clarity in the law and the repercussions if their parents found out. 'What will my parents do to my boyfriend if they know we're having sex?' he said. 'That is what they are thinking and so they don't tell anyone about it - not friends, not family - and that is not safe and not healthy.' Mr Lee's mother suspected he was gay early on but he only came out the day before his television appearance. 'She has not really been able to embrace it, but does not reject me,' he said. 'For her, it was a face issue and she was avoiding all calls from relatives during that time. But she loves me and I love her. She has met my boyfriend but we haven't been able to go out for dinner together yet.' Mr Lee sees his crusade as a 'public service' and claims he has learned and benefited more from his activism than he has lost. He is particularly active on the Aids prevention front as a member of various organisations including Aids Concern. 'I hope to somehow do something to lessen the problems of gay men,' he said.