‘I wanted to do something I really loved’: meet the owner of Horsham Market’s LGBT stall
The owner of Horsham Market’s LGBT stall has said he is ‘pretty chuffed’ with his progress so far.
D-J Tanner runs Penny Ledger – a stall named after his drag queen alter ego – which sells Pride merch, masks, pillows and more.
He also offers customers over 18 a look inside his ‘rude box’ – which sells rude key chains, patches, bracelets, cards and badges.
D-J, who is homosexual, said: “I started it because I was the main carer for my mum. When she died I didn’t want to go back into a Tesco job.
“I wanted to do something I really loved. I was pretty chuffed with what I was able to do.”
Every penny which D-J makes is invested back into the business, he added, using his profits to buy more materials to make new products.
D-J said: “I absolutely love it.”
He added that the stall isn’t just something he promotes during Pride month – backed up by his slogan ‘serving you queer all year’.
D-J said: “There’s a huge trans community [in Horsham]. They come down to the stall. They’re amazing. Everyone’s super amazing. I can’t thank them enough.”
He added that almost everyone who visited the stall has been positive. D-J said: “I have never really had a bad word.”
And he praised market organisers Food Rocks for their ‘brilliant’ support.
D-J, who is autistic, said opening the stall has helped improve his confidence too./
He said: “It was a pretty freeing experience. My sisters helped me out heaps.
“It was a good experience for me because it taught me how to socialise.”
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