Jacob Anderson-Minshall

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Jacob Anderson-Minshall
BornSeptember 14, 1967 (age 52)
Alma materEarlham College (B.A.)
Idaho State University (M.A)
Spouse(s)Diane Anderson-Minshall

Jacob Anderson-Minshall (born September 14, 1967) is an American author.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Assigned as female at birth, Anderson-Minshall was raised Catholic on a farm outside of Inkom, Idaho.[2]

He cites his mother's influence in social justice issues sparking his interest since preschool, and went with his mom to women's rights rallies and campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment. In high school, he spent a year in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. He also participated in anti-nuclear protests. In college, Anderson-Minshall was active in the anti-Apartheid movement opposing South Africa's system of apartheid and supporting South Africa's non-whites, and marched in support of women's reproductive rights.[1]

He received a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a master's degree in Communication from Idaho State University in Pocatello.[3]


After graduating he canvassed for anti-nuclear group SANE/FREEZE and other efforts before focusing on lesbian and gays rights.[1]

Anderson-Minshall later passed the National Park Service's law enforcement Ranger Academy becoming a park ranger in the 1990s patrolling, the "forested lands above Silicon Valley, bay and ocean-side parks and rolling hills north of San Francisco."[4][5] He was disabled in a work-related injury in 2003; at which point Anderson-Minshall returned to writing.[4]

In 1994, with his lesbian partner Diane Anderson-Minshall and several friends, Anderson-Minshall co-founded the lesbian magazine Girlfriends, where he was the Circulation Director and wrote articles for several years.[6]

As a freelance journalist, he has focused on environmental and LGBT issues and has written for numerous publications like Bitch and Curve magazines,[6] SheWired.com and Windy City Times and Glamour[7] From 2005-2009, Anderson-Minshall authored the syndicated column "TransNation," which ran in LGBT publications like San Francisco Bay Times,[8] Windy City Times, and Boston's Bay Windows.[6]

In 2016, with his wife, Anderson-Minshall launched the editorial services company Retrograde Communications, which took over the editorial services for Plus magazine (for those affected by HIV) and HIVPlusMag.com from Here Media.[9] A year later the company took over the editorial for the print edition of the LGBT news magazine The Advocate[10] now owned by Pride Media. Anderson-Minshall now serves as the deputy editor of Plus[11] and the deputy editor of The Advocate.[12]

Anderson-Minshall and his wife have co-authored the Blind Eye mystery series,[2][13] including Blind Curves, Blind Leap and 2008 Lambda Literary Award finalist Blind Faith, published by Bold Strokes Books.[2]

Anderson-Minshall has essays in a number of anthologies including Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (edited by Shira Tarrant) and Trans People in Love.

His first short story, "Chinook," was published in the 2010 Lambda Literary Award finalist anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City.

In 2008, Anderson-Minshall co-founded and co-hosts the talk radio show Gender Blender in the United States, on Portland, Oregon's KBOO.[14]

In 2015, 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 his wife Diane Anderson-Minshall for Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders.[15]

In 2018, Anderson-Minshall released his first novel, Swimming Upstream, through Transgress Press.[12]


After coming out as lesbian after college, Anderson-Minshall further came out as transgender in 2004 and began gender transitioning. He met his wife Diane at a LGBT pride rally in college,[1][2] and they married March 19, 2006.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d Tarrant, Shira (2007). Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power, Second Edition. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415956574.
  2. ^ a b c d Atkins, Amy (June 6, 2007). "We're Here, We're Queer ... Kind of Authors Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall on mystery and being second-born". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  3. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Jacob. "Portland Green Living Examiner: Jacob Anderson-Minshall". Portland Green Living Examiner. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Diane & Jacob Anderson-Minshall reading from Blind Curves". 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  5. ^ Sharma-Sindhar, Priyanka (Dec 17, 2002). "Hog wild: Parks, native plants, animals victims of increasing pig population". San Jose Mercury News (archived from http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/4756906.htm). Retrieved 5 October 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b c Tracie O'Keefe, Katrina Fox (2008). Trans People in Love. Routledge. ISBN 978-0789035721.
  7. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Jacob. "I Used to Be a Lesbian. Now I'm a Happily Married Man". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  8. ^ "San Francisco Bay Times | LGBTQ News & Calendar for the Bay Area". Sfbaytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  9. ^ "Media Maven Diane Anderson-Minshall, Husband Jacob Start New Communications Brand - The Seattle Lesbian". theseattlelesbian.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  10. ^ "LGBT Media Sees New Moves and Rumors". 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  11. ^ "Staff". 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  12. ^ a b "A New Book From One of Us". 2018-03-16. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  13. ^ "Bold Strokes Books". Bold Strokes Books. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  14. ^ "Listen Up! Northwest program 65: Healthcare". October 17, 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  15. ^ Advocate.com Editors (2015-07-28). "Historic Night at Golden Crown Literary Awards". Advocate.com. Retrieved 2015-08-06.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  16. ^ "The Trouble When Jane Becomes Jack" The New York Times, PAUL VITELLO, Published: August 20, 2006

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