Queerly Beloved Groundbreaking, Brave and Relateable
July 16, 2014
Queerly Beloved is 'groundbreaking,' 'special' and 'brave,' writes Rachel Pepper in her review for Curve magazine.
"How might one partner’s decision to transition affect a lesbian couple who’ve already been together for more than 15 years?" Pepper asks. "It’s a fascinating question, and not one that’s been previously, and so publicly, explored."
"I’ve been waiting for a memoir like Queerly Beloved," Pepper says. "As far as I know, this is the first memoir written by a (formally) lesbian couple where one member of the couple transitions from female to male and stays together."
But, she adds, that's not what makes the memoir so groundbreaking. Nor is the fact that it features both the perspective of the person undergoing the gender transition and their partner. Instead, Pepper writes, it is Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall's "bravery, as a well known queer couple, to write so honestly about this journey.
You need to have an extremely strong ego (probably bordering on narcissism) to share your most personal and private struggles in print."
In conclusion, Pepper writes, "What makes this book so special, and what will make it most useful for many readers, are the moments of deep contemplation and insight of the writers. My copy has many dog-eared pages, not for the quality of writing per se, but because of the relatibility of its expressed sentiments."