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Naturally Tan: A Memoir | Tan France
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From one of the stars of Netflix's overnight sensation Queer Eye, Tan France's memoir has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of the first openly gay, Muslim man on television. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflixs smash-hit QUEER EYE tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional Muslim family, as one of the few people of color in Doncaster, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. In Tan's own words, The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.
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xicanti
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1. I‘M SO EXCITED ABOUT QUEER EYE‘S JAPANESE EPISODES!!!! Two of my favourite things, combined! Whee!

2. I‘ve always felt like Tan is the cast member I‘d be least likely to click with, and his book confirmed that—BUT, I think said book has made me like him more on screen. Huh.

3. I‘m still grumpy he dissed my hair in one of his sidebars, though. NOT COOL, TAN.

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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love you, Tanny!! This book is fast paced and a joy to read. Tan is quick witted, genuine, loving and super fun!

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thricerenewed
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I love a book when I can imagine someone telling me the story, and I could hear Tan in my head reading this to me as if we were having a conversation - inflection and all. Sure, it may be a little disjointed as other readers have said, but it didn‘t take away from learning more about Tan, for me, and that‘s really why I picked up the book. Overall, nice easy read, two laugh out loud moments, and learned some QE behind the scenes tidbits.

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Kalalalatja
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Mehso-so

I don‘t really know how to review this, since I‘m normally a really big fan of Tan. However, this book didn‘t put him in the best of lights. It was messy and disjointed, and while I like Tan‘s fashion tips, they felt like something I have heard a million times before. Tan‘s history, problems with racism, and the love for his husband, were interesting to listen to, but they got lost in the messiness of it all.

Blaire Interesting to hear...I really like Tan and enjoyed his interview on fresh air. Too bad the book doesn‘t hold up. 2mo
tournevis Yours is the third nearly identical review I've read about this book on here. Must be true! 2mo
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xicanti
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A borderline pick. Tan‘s got lots of important things to say about racism, colourism, authenticity, celebrity, and relationships. I‘m glad we‘ve got his voice.

That said, the book isn‘t well organized. It reads like a brain dump. It also reinforced my impression that Tan and I may be both too similar and too different to really get along. His strong views on fashion often stand counter to my own AND contradict what he states elsewhere.

xicanti Oh, and I MIGHT have taken a particular satisfaction in buying blue hair dye on my afternoon #audiowalk. One of Tan‘s strong views is a distaste for hair that‘s unnaturally coloured and/or super long. I‘m gonna keep my blue hair, thanks, and if things carry on as they are I hope it‘ll someday be long enough to sit on. 2mo
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xicanti
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Tonight I took Casey for an #audiowalk, made supper, remade my bed after laundry day, did a ton of dishes, stirred peanut butter, and somehow found myself most of the way through NATURALLY TAN.

It‘s pretty stream-of-consciousness and—please don‘t hate me—I‘m still not sure Tan and I would be friends. I mean, he has Very Wrong Opinions about hair. I feel like we‘d be in conflict pretty often, on that account and due to a few other points.

emtobiasz That‘s how I felt after reading Karamo‘s memoir. Like “oh, I might like him less after learning all this about him.” By the time I got to Tan‘s I think I was prepped for that idea. 2mo
xicanti @emtobiasz I was sort of braced for it here, since Tan‘s always been the cast member I‘ve felt I might only be casual acquaintances with, but I AM a bit worried about the others. I‘ve got Karamo‘s book our now too, only in print. 2mo
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emtobiasz
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I‘m still having trouble concentrating on the books I bring home, so I‘m trying Tan France with my thunderbuddy Olive 🐶⛈😳

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Clwojick
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As a huge fan of Queer Eye, I was extremely thrilled when I heard that Tan was publishing a book. He has such a quirky fun attitude on the show, and I‘m glad to see that sassy quirkiness has come through in the audiobook in all the ways I had hoped. I‘m only about 1/4 of the way into it, but so far I‘m loving it. #NaturallyTan #QueerEye #CloudLibrary #Audiobook

marleed I loved this audiobook! I have these five incredible men on a high plane of goodness. I gotta say, I was a little relieved that Tan has has thoughts not always on that elusively high status! 2mo
Clwojick @marleed YES! There were some parts that I could totally relate to. Ones that, I would assume, most celebrities would not admit to. 😂 2mo
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marleed
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The Queer Eye show is pure goodness. It was fun to read Tan having opinions that muddy up those waters. ...PSAs from Tan France are simply the best!

Prairiegirl_reading It‘s a fun read. I loved his opinion on the Olive Garden. 🤣 3mo
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Oh me too. Now when I bite into that wonderful gooeyness, I‘m going to tell myself it‘s in exchange for letting sh*t go! It‘s a good exchange, I think! 3mo
NaomiO Love love love him. I realized after reading his book that he is one of my spirit animals. I think he is such a wonderful guy. 3mo
marleed @NaomiO I just love him, too - even more with the book and my sigh of relief that he is among us mere mortals in thought and opinion! 3mo
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RealLifeReading
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Current audiobook and wip - a baby blanket using a Catherine wheel stitch. #audiocrochet

llwheeler Love the colours! 4mo
Oryx Pretty! 4mo
Lindy So pretty! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful!👏 4mo
Bookzombie So pretty! 4mo
Johanna414 Love it! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sweet colours! 4mo
BooknerdsLife Awww that‘s so pretty!!! 😍💗💗I‘ve just started crocheting recently too and it‘s so addictive! 3mo
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RealLifeReading
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Good morning! I am seriously jetlagging. I spent the last few hours awake (since 326am) tossing and turning, reading a bit, lying there practicing deep breathing and trying various things like counting backwards from 1000 in threes. And of course googling things like “how long does it take to get over jet lag”. Which isn‘t helpful as it takes 1-2 days to recover for each time zone crossed and Singapore is 15 hours ahead of CA

MrsMalaprop Hope you get over it soon 😴. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Ugh. Hope you find a remedy soon. 4mo
MEGR Have you tried melatonin? That usually works for us. Good luck 👍🏼🍀! 4mo
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NaomiO
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I fell in love with the Fab 5 from the moment I watched their first epsiode, and my love for them has increased with every season. I absoultly loved this book that Tan wrote. I think he is my spirt animal. This book is a great read and I love all the advice and heart warming stories he shares. Plus his love story with his husband is so sweet.

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NaomiO
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Long weekend read!

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SiriGuruDevSingh
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❤️💕

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JoScho
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If you love QE then this book is a no brainer. Tan is so warm and honest. He talks about his upbringing in England-being bullied for being “brown” and finding his place. We learn about the casting for the show and all that fun stuff. The audiobook read by him is fantastic.
Now not so patiently awaiting JVN‘s book in September!

Prairiegirl_reading I put it off thinking I was being obsessive about queer eye but I decided to go for it and used my audible credit. I‘m am not sorry I did! It‘s good fun! 😄 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading Also can‘t wait for JVN‘s book in September! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 He‘s my favourite!! 4mo
gradcat He‘s just soooo cute, too...I think he‘s really a good-looking guy. ♥️ 4mo
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JoScho @gradcat yes he is adorable! The way he talks about his relationship with his husband is also pretty awesome. 4mo
JoScho @Prairiegirl_reading yaaaasss Queen! 4mo
gradcat @JoScho His husband is pretty cute, too...he kind of reminds me of David Bowie... 4mo
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theshrinkette
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I finished this in pretty much one sitting. I really enjoyed how this memoir was set up to mesh his fashion tips with his personal stuff. As a fellow desi queer, I related to and appreciated his discussions on mental health, colourism in the community, racism, etc. I also commend him for being very clear about the boundaries around his personal life, and that some things he wasn't going to put out publicly just for tragedy/pain porn consumption.

ErinSueMreads This is one of my favorites of the summer! 4mo
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theshrinkette
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Today's commute reading.

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Booklover2
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Excellent memoir! What makes it so excellent? He wrote it all by himself, flaws and all. You can‘t get more authentic than that. Interesting and engaging young man who is a completely grounded soul.

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thelizflynn
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5! I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir! Tan‘s voice is amazing and the book is light hearted and fun while touching on some more serious aspects of his life. I feel like it didn‘t go as “deep” as Karamo‘s memoir, but that doesn‘t mean it‘s any less substantial. I actually kinda enjoyed this book a bit more! #audiobook #queereye #litsyAtoZ

squirrelbrain I just got Karamo‘s book on Kindle, but haven‘t read it yet... I really want to read this one too. 5mo
thelizflynn @squirrelbrain they‘re both really enjoyable and fun if you‘re a fan of the Fab 5! 😊 5mo
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MEGR
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🧖🏻‍♀️

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MEGR
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Chilaquiles & a book 📖

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Mitch
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OMG he was brilliant. Sooooo good and genuine and witty and brave. Series 4 airs in the U.K. July 16 and he‘s starting filming season 5 end of this week - so lots of treats to come!

kellyann28 Tan France is a treasure! 6mo
JoScho Love him so much! 6mo
Mitch @JoScho and just so nice in person. Just like he is on the show - I was so relieved! 6mo
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JoScho @Mitch that is so great to hear. You always worry they aren‘t as kind as you think they are. 6mo
Fridameetslucy Envious. Did you hear Karamo on Russell Brands podcast recently ? I follow them all on Instagram. 6mo
Mitch @Fridameetslucy I didn‘t.. I must check that out 5mo
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Smrloomis
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💕💕💕💕 I loved this so much. Didn‘t realize there would be so many f-bombs - and had to pause it around some sensitive little ears - but otherwise I really, really enjoyed it. Especially the audio. If you like the show, then you should read or listen to this. 💕💕💕💕

Smrloomis Oh and also special thanks to @Smangela because I might have otherwise missed this! 🤷🏻‍♀️ I watched and loved the show but didn‘t realize I wanted to read books from them until I saw this one. 👍🏽 6mo
DivineDiana Why so many expletives? Not necessary for me. 🤔 6mo
Smangela @Smrloomis oh my gosh yes, having read it, I must‘ve glossed over the f-bomb. I imagine the audio would be awesome BUT definitely hard around little ears 😂 6mo
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Smrloomis @DivineDiana I don‘t think it was excessive but always a consideration with audio. 6mo
Smrloomis @Smangela 😂 it was funny and also had a cameo from one of the other fab five. Did the book version also have him in there? 6mo
Smangela @Smrloomis no! Omg lol now I need to check out the audio book! 6mo
Smrloomis @Smangela YES!!! You should listen to it. The camels - erm, cameos - are short but very worth it. No camels. That‘s just autocorrect doing what it does best. 6mo
BooknerdsLife Oh I love the show and everyone of them!!! 😱😍💖 Hope my library has the audio too!! 🤞🏼 6mo
Smrloomis @BooknerdsLife my fingers are crossed for you! I loved this so much so I hope you get to listen to it too! 6mo
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Smrloomis
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Started this today and - no surprise - I‘m really enjoying it. Just what I need right now and I am really glad to have it on audio 😁.

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IndoorDame
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Picked up this new audible original featuring several queer comedians telling short autobiographical stories, hosted by the tagged author (not yet in database). It‘s a quick listen, a bit all over the map. I found it in turns dull, funny and moving. But I was really glad to have it today since I wasn‘t able to make it to Pride.

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Karen.reads
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“No matter how sexy my shoes, I am full-on trash.” Tan France is a beautiful and hilarious human.

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sophierayton
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As a girl from Doncaster, how could I not love Tan and his book?! I actually had no idea that we shared a home town, nor that we share a 'Mormon' connection (He now lives in Salt Lake City and is married to someone raised as a Mormon). There is some salty language, but it's done in a good humoured way and Tan is just so lovable that I didn't particularly mind. Tan is vulnerable but also funny and smart, I think this memoir is very well done.

Anna40 Of the fabulous five, Tan is my favorite. :) 6mo
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KellyHunsakerReads
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I love the FabFive and Tan is just as sweet in this memoir as he is on the show.

Mitch Going to see him talk in a few weeks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
KellyHunsakerReads @Mitch I am jealous! 6mo
Mitch @Hunsakermountain I‘m a pretty low key T-shirt and jeans kinda gal... but I‘m wondering what to wear! 🤣 6mo
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Smrloomis @Mitch @Hunsakermountain Super jealous too! Let us know how it is and please post any good pictures you take!!! 😆 6mo
Mitch @Smrloomis of me or Tan! 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
Smrloomis @Mitch Both! 😂 Hopefully together? 🤔🤞🏽 6mo
Mitch @Smrloomis 🤣🤞🏼🤣🤞🏼🤣 6mo
KellyHunsakerReads Can‘t wait to hear about it. @Mitch 6mo
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8little_paws
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A delight of a memoir. While he does address some serious elements here the book keeps a lighthearted tone overall and also offers up fashion and life tips. I particularly liked hearing about how he started his clothing line, and he speaks so lovingly of his husband throughout.

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amyrohn
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On Monday, I got to work Tan France‘s book launch for his new memoir, Naturally Tan. As a huge fan of Queer Eye, I was so excited to meet someone I‘ve looked up to for the past year. Tan is one of the most genuinely lovely people I‘ve ever met, and I‘ve never met someone who radiated more positivity. Definitely go check out his book! #booklaunch

8little_paws Awwww!!!! I just started his book this morning! 6mo
squirrelbrain Wow! How exciting for you! Book stacked... 6mo
readordierachel Awesome!!! 6mo
JoScho That is so cool! 6mo
Smrloomis Cool! 👍🏽 6mo
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Smangela
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I was late to the Queer Eye game. It‘s on season three and I only just started binging it a week or so ago. As I was watching and falling in love with the cast I had a light bulb moment where I remembered seeing Tan France‘s gorgeous face on NetGalley. I basically halted all I was doing and got on to NetGalley. I wasn't disappointed in any way, shape, or form. This was just as charming, sassy, and witty as Tan on Queer Eye.

Smrloomis Thanks for posting this! I had no idea this was in the works 👍🏽😆 and it sounds great to me! 7mo
Smangela @Smrloomis comes out June 4th! It was SO GOOD. 7mo
Smrloomis Yessss! Can‘t wait 😁 7mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess I received this from #Netgalley and just loved it. Tan is so fabulous and I enjoyed learning more about him! 7mo
Smangela @Graciouswarriorprincess same! He‘s so honest. Like really frank about when something is wrong but also witty and charming. Amazing. 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Smangela Yes. I loved his honesty and he has a great sense of humor. It‘s nice getting to know the guys. I read Karamo‘s book. Now I just have to read Jonathan‘s book and get Antoni‘s cookbook. I wish that Bobby would write a book too. (edited) 7mo
Smrloomis @Graciouswarriorprincess wait, the other guys have books out too? How did I not know this already???! 😆 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Smrloomis Only Karamo and Tan‘s books are out now. Jonathan and Antoni‘s books come out in the Fall. 7mo
Smrloomis @Graciouswarriorprincess thanks! Now I know so I can mark my calendar for the next ones 😎 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Smrloomis You‘re welcome!😉 7mo
8little_paws @Graciouswarriorprincess I really need Bobby to write one so I can group all five together on my bookshelf 6mo
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xxjenadanxx
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Snarky and a bit sassy, this book reads exactly like Tan speaks. It‘s part memoir and part advice column. While the book does give us peeks into who Tan was growing up and now is, it still felt a bit guarded, like he wasn‘t fully committed to letting the reader in. As such I didn‘t come away knowing too much more than I already did as a fan of a show. It was still a quick and enjoyable read but I would have liked more.

#netgalley ARC

BooknerdsLife Awww love him from the show 😍🤗 7mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Thank you to #Netgalley and I can‘t wait to read this.

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krissylovesbooks75
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I loved this book so much! From learning about the hardships his family suffered to his hilarious depiction of the differences between America and the UK, I whipped through #NaturallyTan in less than a day! It was wonderful! Thank you @StMartinsPress for the ARC!

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collegecatlady
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This book was heartwarming and uplifting but also did this in a way that didn‘t shy away from difficult discussions of religion, race, and social issues. I‘m so glad I got to read an ARC of this and I love Tan and the cast of Queer Eye so much! 😍

swishandflick Jealous!! 8mo
Leftcoastzen His smile is so wonderful! 8mo
8little_paws I'm already on hold at the library so I can get a copy as soon as it's released! 8mo
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Mitch
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Queer Eye comes to Hackney! Tickets booked! 🥳

Heideschrampf Me wants toooooo!!! 🏳️‍🌈 9mo
AmyG Oooo Fun! 9mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 9mo
BlameJennyJane Oh!!!! Woo hoo!!! 9mo
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Rhondareads
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One of the charming stars of Queer first openly gay Muslim man.Rave reviews funny charming moving my type of book.

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