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What makes great relationships work? Trailblazers In Love blends memoir, real-life photography, and sage advice from LGBTQ+ couples together twenty, thirty, forty, and fifty-plus years. With remarkable candor and vulnerability, these inspirational role models share how they came out, fell in love, faced enormous adversity, and overcame discrimination and rejection to thrive against all odds. Filled with hope, wisdom, and triumph, this collection of stories is a must-have resource for queer people, allies, aspiring allies, mental health professionals, and affirming clergy.

Imagine yourself at a dinner party with an interesting variety of long-term same-sex couples, and there’s an inquisitive journalist/therapist there who peppers them all with incisive questions. That’s the experience you’ll get from this delightful and exceedingly valuable book. 


  • John Corvino, PhD, Dean, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Wayne State University 


Jeff Lutes is a well-known couples therapist and this book should be read by anyone who knows or works with couples having diverse intersectional identities. In these stories, the reader will find rich and complex narratives about couples navigating both internal and external challenges in finding love and sustaining healthy relationships.  We learn substantively more from these personal journeys than the clinical and research literature on same-sex couples available today.


  • Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, Gottman Master Trainer, Founder & Executive Director of The Center For Relationships


This book provides hope for younger generations of queer people like me. It reminds us that love is possible, love is revolutionary, and generational wisdom is invaluable.


  • Shemeka Thorpe, PhD, Sexuality Researcher & Educator


A wonderful guide to help navigate healthy relationships, non-affirming families and friends, and the trauma many still experience from misguided religious teachings about sexual orientation and gender-identity. Trailblazers In Love can benefit new couples, as well as those seeking long-term relationships.


  • Mitchell Gold, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings; Co-founder, Chairman Emeritus

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