On the surface, 20-year-old Johnathan Davis is much like other young Canberrans.
He works, studies at the University of Canberra and is scraping together some savings by living at home with his family.
But even a short conversation is enough to reveal that this real estate agent, activist and part-time entertainer and drag queen has a more extensive CV than most.
By the end of this month, Davis hopes to add political candidate to that list by becoming the youngest-ever Greens candidate for the ACT Legislative Assembly.
''I don't like to say no to an opportunity,'' the Kambah resident says.
''The Greens appealed to me because they are not satisfied with politics as usual - just as I, and many other people in my age bracket, are not satisfied with politics as usual.''
The Greens' preselection process became embroiled in controversy last week after revelations that would-be Ginninderra candidate Hannah Parris was advised to step aside by the party's preselection interview committee.
But away from the internal rumblings, party sources are already tipping charismatic Davis will make the ticket as a support candidate to MLA Amanda Bresnan in the seat of Brindabella.
Davis, a real estate agent with Dalton & Peace and first-year public policy student, says ''naysayers'' who doubt his ability to run for political office at 20 should consider his background before making a judgment.
He was just 14 when the breakdown of his parents' marriage and struggle to reveal his homosexuality to his family prompted him to move out of home for the first time.
He got by working two jobs, living alone, or sometimes with strangers or friends, all the while attending classes at Kambah High School, where he was the school captain in 2007 and campaigned against the school's closure that year. Davis says he has no relationship with his mother now, but came out to his father Tom, a builder, at 17.
''My dad's reaction was literally 'And?'. It was not a shock,'' he says.
''I don't think it would be a surprise to anybody, so I really just wear it as a badge of honour.''
Davis, who also sings, does stand-up comedy and hosts Friday karaoke nights at the Canberra Irish Club in Weston Creek, has become an advocate for gay and lesbian Canberrans through lobby group Equal Love.
He has his own entertainment business Pixie Enterprises, and a component of that is a drag character he plays called Pixie Darling.
''The Pixie Darling character is a very niche sort of market, but it's something I'm still proud of doing,'' he says.
''[But] I concentrate on my politics, my real estate and my studies.''
Davis says he is realistic about his chances at the territory election in October.
If he does make the preselection cut, his goal this time around is simply to support Ms Bresnan's re-election by campaigning on policies including affordable housing and childcare in Brindabella.