‘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.

Friday, 16th July 2021, 12:02 pm

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.

D-J Tanner pictured on his Penny Ledger stall
D-J Tanner pictured on his Penny Ledger stall

“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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