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Uncomfortable Labels by Laura Kate Dale - Review

Monday, February 25, 2019

I was browsing Netgalley and came across this, which is a memoir about Laura's life as a gay autistic trans woman. I was intrigued, so requested it, so thank you to Jessica Kingsley publishers for granting it to me. I started reading it while I was at a gig on the 13th, while waiting for the main act. Due to extreme anxiety I find it easier to read a book on my tablet and just get through the supports. Not all books are easy to read when it's busy and loud (I have sensory issues myself) but this was, and before I knew it I'd read a quarter of it.

I had a really busy week so didn't finish this for a few days, but I found it a really interesting read. Laura charts her life from her childhood, where she was assigned male at birth, to having difficulty at school, to her teens where she found a group of accepting friends, to coming out as a woman in her 20s, up to the current time, where she is a video game critic making her living from writing. I'm not familiar with Laura as a video game critic but I know other people will be!

I found this an engaging memoir which also looked at the evidence of an overlap between being LGBT and being autistic. I thought this was a good way to do it. It gets pretty dark in places but ends on a positive note. Personally, I hope Laura continues to thrive and I will definitely look at reading something else by her in the future! I'm giving this a solid nine out of ten.

There's quite a lot of talk about death and suicide, so take care of yourself if that's triggering for you to read.

Uncomfortable Labels will be published on 18th July 2019. I was given a free e copy of this book for consideration for review, but was not in any other way compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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