Gay Dave is carnival queen!
By JOHN COLES
A SMALL town has picked a new carnival queen — a 15-year-old gay LAD
Excited David Bridge will camp it up through the streets wearing a DRESS
and HIGH HEELS
He auditioned in front of the mayor of sleepy Axbridge, Somerset, who did not have the heart to turn him down.
David, who carries a handbag and wears make-up, said: “I’ve always liked the carnival and I thought, ‘Why not take part?’
“It seemed fun and I thought I’d enjoy dressing up. I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to wear a red ball gown or a black one.
“When I did the audition there were a few in the audience who didn’t know what to make of me.
“But then others said, ‘If you’ve got the balls to do it, go for it’.”
David came out a year ago and prefers to be called Darius.
He added: “There will be a few bigots who might not approve, but I’m hoping to show I’ve enough confidence to carry it off.
“It’s important to show you don’t have to be in London to dress up as a gay or in drag costume.”
Just four wannabe queens applied for the annual Blackberry Carnival in September — two previous girl winners, David and Kayleigh Sweet, 16.
Mayor Barry Hamblin, 60, wanted all of them involved — so he nominated the previous years’ queens as princesses, Kayleigh as queen and David as “alternative” queen.
The four will parade up and down the town with the floats and procession.
Carnival committee chairman Robin Goodfellow, 66, said: “We couldn’t eliminate him just because he was male.
“Some people might be offended but we’d rather be inclusive than exclusive. It’s hard enough to get people involved as it is.
“If there had been more girls applying for the post, this might never have happened.”
But local Chris Whittaker said: “We can’t believe it. It’s political correctness gone mad.
“How on earth can you have a carnival queen who’s a bloke?”