Meet Mark, one of the contestants on the British reality competition show SAS: Who Dares Win, modeled after the Special Air Service training program.
The show puts 25 competitors through two weeks of intense and rugged physical challenges. For Mark, the show is personal — his dad served in the SAS.
He spoke about it during a recent appearance on Good Morning Britain.
“The SAS is something that has been part of my family for my entire life, but it’s so secretive,” he said. “But my dad just went to work, that’s how I saw it. You knew he was in the SAS, but you didn’t know what that meant.”
But that was hardly the most memorable part of his appearance on the show. Mark, who identifies as gay, is also a drag queen who goes by Cybil War, and that’s who really showed up for the interview:
“My dad is ever the stoic army colonel,” Cybil explained. “I had to turn the TV off to have a serious chat with him. I spent an hour in my bedroom walking around going, ‘Dad, I’m gay,’ trying to find that perfect way to say it.”
And while his coming out went fairly well, drag wound up being a higher hurdle. “Being gay is one thing for your parents to deal with, being a seven foot drag queen is not something most SAS guys probably come across very often.”
And here are some more looks from Cybil:
How’d that last one get in there??