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Trailblazer: Alan Carr: ‘Fit food, fit wine, fit people – you can’t help feeling horny in Florence!’

Trailblazer: Alan Carr: ‘Fit food, fit wine, fit people – you can’t help feeling horny in Florence!’

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

As well as chatting about Celebrity Big Brother’s Perez Hilton – who Alan branded ‘a kn*b‘ – the TV star revealed his travel heaven and hell, from tracking a Golden Girl in Sicily to regretting a holiday to Oman…

Where is the best place you’ve been on holiday?
Recently, Costa Rica. I really rate it. Beautiful, so unspoiled. the whole country is carbon neutral. We stayed in a jungle with no electricity, so I had to actually speak to my partner…

Where’s the most romantic place you’ve been on holiday?
Florence. Fit food, fit wine, fit people – you just can’t help feeling horny. I walk around with an erection the whole time.

Have you ever avoided a destination because of the laws there?
I went to Oman and I wish I hadn’t now. The anti-gay laws really put me off. I do believe intergration gets rid of people’s hang ups, but I don’t want to go [to such places]. As a cross dressing woman I don’t feel safe…

Where did you typically go on holiday as a child?
Babbacombe in Devon and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. I didn’t like flying so we always went to some caravan park.

Where are you hoping to go on holiday next?
Panama’s meant to be good. I also want to go to Sicily. I might do one of those Joanna Lumley shows, you know, where she goes off looking for the Arc. Maybe I’ll go and trace Sophia from Golden Girls in Sicilly.

Have you had a fun evening?
It’s such a great pleasure to relieve a bunch of lawyers of some of their money for a change. Who knew they had hearts? But the AKT does such amazing work with LGBT kids who have been rejected by the families, so you’d have to be made of stone not to be moved to help them.

The Albert Kennedy Trust was founded in 1989 by Cath Hall as a result of the tragic death of Albert Kennedy, a young gay man in Manchester. The Trust works in three cities around the UK (London, Manchester and Newcastle) providing accommodation, advocacy, mentoring and support for LGBT young people aged 16-25 who are either homeless, at risk of homelessness or severely at risk in their home environment just for being brave enough to come out. www.akt.org.uk