Diane Anderson-Minshall

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Anderson-Minshall in 2008
Anderson-Minshall in 2005

Diane Anderson-Minshall (born March 19, 1968) is an American journalist and author best known for writing about lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender subjects. She is editor-at-large of The Advocate and editor-in-chief of HIV Plus Magazine.[1] Anderson-Minshall co-authored the 2014 memoir, Queerly Beloved about her relationship with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall surviving his gender transition.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Diane Anderson in Southern California, she moved to Payette, Idaho at an early age. She attended Chaffey College, College of San Mateo and Idaho State University before graduating from New College of California. She took classes at Tulane University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and University of California, Berkeley.

Career[edit]

In 1990, she became the editor of the Crescent City Star, a weekly LGBT newspaper in New Orleans. In 1993, she became an editor at On Our Backs, the lesbian erotic magazine founded by Nan Kinney and Debbie Sundahl. A year later, she and fellow On Our Backs employees left the magazine and founded their own publication, the lesbian entertainment magazine Girlfriends.'[citation needed]

During her tenure at Girlfriends and later at other publications including Curve Magazine, Anderson-Minshall became known for her celebrity interviews.[citation needed] Dana Plato,[2] Angelina Jolie [3] and singer Sinéad O'Connor [4] "came out" as lesbian or bisexual women in interviews with Anderson-Minshall, although O'Connor and Plato later retracted their statements.[citation needed]

In 1999, Anderson-Minshall founded the short-lived women's lifestyle magazine, Alice. As a freelance writer, she has been published in dozens of magazines including Passport, Bust, Bitch, Venus, Utne and Seventeen. She became an editor at Curve Magazine in 2004 and then became editor-in-chief.

Anderson-Minshall co-edited the anthology of LGBT youth writing, Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender, Race and Sexuality, and her autobiographical essays have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her first solo fiction, Punishment with Kisses was published in 2009.

Anderson-Minshall co-authored the 2014 memoir Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Gender with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall. The work focuses on how their relationship survived the transition from lesbian couple to man and wife.[5] The couple previously collaborated in writing the Blind Eye Detectives mystery series (Blind Curves, Blind Leap and the Lambda Literary Award finalist Blind Faith) through Bold Strokes Books.

Awards[edit]

  • 1998 - Visa Versa award for her celebrity journalism at Girlfriends magazine.
  • 2000 - Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP)'s Woman of the Year finalist
  • 2006 - Power Ups Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz Award
  • 2012 - Excellence in Journalism Award from Northern California Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association [6]
  • 2013 - LA Pride Osborn/Michaels Media Award,[7] which "honors those who disseminate information to the public for the betterment of the LGBT community in order to raise awareness and fight for equality."[8]
  • 2014 - The First Annual WPA Awards of Distinction Leadership Award for helping develop the HIV Plus Treatment Guide Mobile App.[9]

Works[edit]

Fiction

  • Blind Curves (2005)
  • Blind Leap (2006)
  • Blind Faith (2008)
  • Punishment With Kisses (2009)

Nonfiction

  • Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Gender (2014)

Anthologies

  • Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television
  • Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine
  • Body Outlaws
  • Closer to Home: Bisexuality and Feminism
  • Young Wives Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership
  • 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality: The Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors or Yourself
  • Tough Girls

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.advocate.com/pride/2013/05/17/advocates-diane-anderson-minshall-honored-la-pride
  2. ^ Anderson-Minshall recalls Plato
  3. ^ Anderson-Minshall on AfterEllen.com recalls Jolie's Interview
  4. ^ [1] June 9, 2000, Los Angeles Times Reports O'Connor came out to Anderson-Minshall
  5. ^ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/04/28/queerly-beloved-how-a-couple-survived-transition-and-kept-their-queer-identities/
  6. ^ http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/media/2012/11/21/advocate-executive-editor-receives-excellence-journalism-award
  7. ^ http://wehonews.com/z/wehonews/archive/page.php?articleID=7941
  8. ^ http://lapride.org/honorees/index.html
  9. ^ http://www.wpa-online.org/wpa-awards-of-distinction/2014-wpa-awards-of-distinction-leadership-award/