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Meet the gay guy proving drag queens are tough enough for the SAS on 'SAS: Who Dares Win'

Anyone who thinks the SAS is tough clearly never tried tucking....

2020-01-14

Words: Steve Brown

A drag queen taking part in SAS: Who Dares Wins says he took part in the show to honour his ‘stoic’ army father who embraced his sexuality.

Mark Whistler – who performs under the stage name Cybil War – took part in the new series of the popular Channel 4 show, where contestants are put through a brutal regimen of SAS drills.

Today (January 14), Mark, 31, joined Good Morning Britain donning his drag alter ego and revealed he entered the show as a mark of respect to his father, a former SAS sergeant, who accepted his son’s sexuality.

Mark said: “I did this as a tribute to my dad... I was a huge fan of the show from the first series and said you know what I’ll give it a go.

“I felt like I had to prove something to my dad. We were eating 800 calories a day and had no sleep so I struggled with being back in the dorm never knowing when we could relax.

“I lived in New York for two years and experimented with drag. My dad is still the stoic army colonel.

“I tried to figure out how to tell my dad I'm gay. His immediate response was, ‘I like Dame Edna.’ He was completely tolerant.”

Mark went on to tell Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid how his dad went on to support his son’s drag career by watching him perform.

“He's very stoic so I didn't really have a gauge of how he would take it,” he said.

“He watched me once and I think he would have been more comfortable in a war zone than an LGBTQ club on Halloween.

“His eyes were opened. He saw some difficult things that night.”