Queerly Beloved: A Contemporary and Dynamic Love Story
July 23, 2014
"Queerly Beloved is an inspiring read", Allison Hope proclaims in her Huffington Post piece about the memoir. Hope says that the book is "For anyone struggling with questions regarding their own identity or that of their partner, or just for anyone who believes that love bears no identity.."
Hope starts the piece by asking readers if their love could survive a monumental change. She writes about dreaming of finding love and living happily ever after,only to discover that reality isn't always so rosy: "fantasy quickly turns into reality when you factor in the demands of everyday life and things like paying bills, doing laundry, and who left dirty dishes in the sink for the third time this week..."
Those are just the normal issues those in long term relationships have to weather; but some couples also have to overcome life altering events. Like Hope says, "Maybe one partner cheats or there's a death of a family member or relocation that takes a couple from small-town life to a big city with temptation neither had been exposed to previously."
That's the kind of challenge Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall faced when Jacob came out as transgender and trasitioned from female to male--throwing Diane's lesbian identity into question.
Yet in the end, Queerly Beloved is "A strong message of love wins out." And, Hope concludes, "as husband and wife and members of the queer community, [the authors] just seem more contemporary and dynamic than ever. "