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March 18, 1968
Southern California, U.S.
|Occupation||Journalist, Writer, Editor|
|Home town||Payette, Idaho, U.S.|
Diane Anderson-Minshall (born March 19, 1968) is an award-winning American journalist and author best known for writing about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender subjects. She is editorial director of The Advocate and Chill magazines, the editor-in-chief of HIV Plus magazine, and a contributing editor to OutTraveler. Anderson-Minshall co-authored the 2014 memoir, Queerly Beloved about her relationship with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall surviving his gender transition.
Born Diane Anderson in Southern California, she moved to Payette, Idaho at an early age. She considers herself an alum of Tulane University (which she attended 1986-87) and Xavier University of Louisiana (the only Black, Catholic university in the nation, which she attended 1987-88). While working full-time in publishing, she continued taking classes at University of California, Berkeley, Chaffey College, College of San Mateo, and Idaho State University before finishing a weekend B.A. degree completion program at the New College of California.
She and her partner decided to have another wedding ceremony, celebrating their union as husband and wife after he transitioned.
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. She later became executive editor of Curve. Anderson-Minshall started working for The Advocate in 2011.
During her tenure at Girlfriends and later at other publications including Curve, Anderson-Minshall became known for her celebrity interviews. Dana Plato, Angelina Jolie and singer Sinéad O'Connor "came out" as lesbian or bisexual women in interviews with Anderson-Minshall, although O'Connor and Plato later retracted their statements.
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 later became editor-in-chief.
Anderson-Minshall co-edited the anthology of LGBTQ 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 Genders with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall. The work focuses on how their relationship survived the transition from lesbian couple to husband and wife. 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. In 2015 Jacob Anderson-Minshall became the first openly transgender author to win a Goldie award from the Golden Crown Literary Society; he shared the award for best creative non-fiction book with Diane Anderson-Minshall for Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders.
She is currently the editor-at-large of The Advocate and the editor-in-chief of HIV Plus Magazine. In 2018, she helped launched Chill Magazine.
- 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 Up's Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz Award
- 2010 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, The Advocate
- 2011 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, The Advocate
- 2012 – Excellence in Journalism Award from Northern California Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
- 2012 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, The Advocate
- 2012 – NLGJA Northern California Chapter Excellence in Journalism Aware
- 2013 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, The Advocate
- 2013 – LA Pride Osborn/Michaels Media Award, 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."
- 2013 – NLGJA Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award, Second Place: Diane Anderson-Minshall for a series in HIV Plus Magazine
- 2014 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, The Advocate
- 2014 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article, "Prime Timers: Spotlight on LGBT Seniors" (series), Advocate.com
- 2014 – The First Annual WPA Awards of Distinction Leadership Award for helping develop the HIV Plus Treatment Guide Mobile App.
- 2014 – NLGJA Los Angeles Chapter Overall Grand Prize for Excellence in Journalism for coverage of worst mass killing of LGBT people in U.S. History (prior to Orlando mass shooting)
- 2014 – LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Award for Best Online Feature "Remembering the Worst Mass Killing of LGBT People in U.S. History
- 2014 – Western Publishing Association Inaugural Maggie Leadership Award for creating the HIV Plus Treatment Guide mobile app
- 2015 – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article "31 Days of PrEP" (series), Advocate.com
- 2015 – NLGJA Excellence in Online Journalism Award, Third Place: Sunnivie Brydum for "40 Under 40: Emerging Voices," The Advocate with Michelle Garcia, Lucas Grindley, Daniel Reynolds, Neal Broverman, Trudy Ring, Jase Peeples, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Parker Marie Molloy, Tracy E. Gilchrist, Annie Hollenbeck, and Thom Senzee
- 2015 – Shared the award for best creative non-fiction book from the Golden Crown Literary Society with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall for the book Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders.
- 2016 – NLGJA Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage
- 2016 – NLGJA Excellence in Profile Writing Award, First Place: Advocate Staff for "40 Under 40: Intersectional Coverage," The Advocate
- 2016 – NLGJA Excellence in Social Media Award, First Place: Advocate Staff for "Day in LGBT America," The Advocate
- 2017 – NLGJA Excellence in Bisexual Coverage Award for "Freddie Mercury's Life Story is the Story of HIV, Bisexuality, and Queer Identity," The Advocate
- 2018 – NLGJA Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year
- 2018 – Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Award for Best Editorial Team of the Year
- 2018 – Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Award for Best New Magazine Launch, Chill
- Blind Curves New York : Bold Strokes Books, 2005. ISBN 9781933110721, OCLC 470821482
- Blind Leap, New York, N.Y. : Bold Strokes Books, 2006. ISBN 9781933110912, OCLC 153560589
- Blind Faith Valley Falls, NY : Bold Strokes, 2008. ISBN 9781602820418, OCLC 191927372
- Punishment With Kisses Valley Falls, NY : Bold Strokes Books, 2009. ISBN 9781602820814, OCLC 246893512
- Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Gender Valley Falls, N.Y. : Bold Strokes Books, 2014. ISBN 9781626390621, OCLC 858359022
- 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
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