Queer Eye's Tan France says he's battled racism in coming out gay

Sat. July 7, 2018 7:27 AM by OnTopMag.com

Queer Eye's fashion guy Tan France revealed in a recent interview that despite being married to a man he only recently came out as gay to a sibling.

The 35-year-old France was born in England to Pakistani parents. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his husband Rob France, a self-described Mormon cowboy.

"I only came out to one of my siblings at the start of the year before Queer Eye launched," France told Shortlist, "and I'm a 35-year-old who already has a husband. Sexuality can be difficult to articulate and we have to be patient and compassionate."

He added that he battled racism in coming out.

"There's no right way to be gay. That's something I think it's really important to stress. There's no right or wrong way to come out, either. Gay men can sometimes feel ashamed or chastised when the messaging is 'Be out and proud!' or 'Just come out'. It's not that easy. It certainly wasn't for me," he said.

"But being brown and gay made coming out harder. If I were Caucasian, I would have found the process easier. I have to battle so many issues, and the biggest is racism."

"My sexuality and being a person of color are both secondary to who I am as a person," France added.

The second season of Queer Eye is currently streaming on Netflix.

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