Carl served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces

Carl served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces for over six years in a series of postings as diverse as Devon and Belize in Central America, before being kicked out of the Air Force after admitting his homosexuality. He says; "I was called into my Commander's office one morning and asked if I was gay. I admitted it and was out on the streets later that afternoon." This was despite Carl winning The British Humane Society Bronze Award for Bravery and receiving a number of commendations from his Commanding Officer. "I'm not bitter," Carl continued, "as I joined the service knowing I was gay but I thought, from all the work I'd done while in the Force, that I'd proved myself more than capable and that my sexuality shouldn't matter. They said my choice of lifestyle was not 'compatible' with the Air Force." 
However, now Carl is looking forward to his new career as Mr Gay UK and hopes to carry the title even further. He knows that his face is going to appear all over the place but wants people to know that there is a voice that goes with it. and he aims to use it wherever possible in a positive and affirming way for gay causes. "I've already had a little taste of co-presenting at Gay Fest and I loved it," enthused Carl. "I can't wait to do more. for myself and for the community I am proud to be part of." 

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