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Essex drag queen's 'shock' over letter from Prime Minister

Ben Tye as Amber Dextris on ITV News Anglia. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A drag queen has said he was in "disbelief" when he received a letter of support from the Prime Minister wishing him luck in an upcoming charity pageant.

Ben Tye was sent a message from Theresa May before Miss Drag UK, the first ever UK drag pageant, in which he is competing under the name Amber Dextris.

The letter was accompanied by a signed picture of Mrs May, which she told the 22-year-old to sell in support of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (Sands), the charity the pageant is aiding.

Ben Tye works at a holiday camp in Essex.

"The letter shocked me completely," said Mr Tye, from Harwich, Essex. "I don't even know how they got my address as I've just moved.

"I didn't know what to do with myself I had to ring my partner in disbelief!"

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Mr Tye said he appreciated the Prime Minister's show of support.

"I think it's amazing she's finally showing support for the LGBT community, I know it's been a touchy subject with politics recently," he said.

"I think more education on LGBT should be given and there's always room for improvement on rights but she's going in the right direction."

  • Mr Tye will compete at Miss Drag UK on March 10