Diane Anderson-Minshall

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Anderson-Minshall in 2008

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.


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.

When her partner transitioned, Anderson-Minshall supported him and then examined what it meant to be queer now that their relationship had changed.[2] She and her partner decided to have another wedding ceremony, celebrating their union as husband and wife.[3]


Anderson-Minshall in 2005

In 1990, she became the editor of the Crescent City Star, a weekly LGBT newspaper in New Orleans.[4] 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.[4] She later became executive editor of Curve.[3] Anderson-Minshall started working for The Advocate in 2011.[5]

During her tenure at Girlfriends and later at other publications including Curve, Anderson-Minshall became known for her celebrity interviews.[no citations needed here] Dana Plato,[6] Angelina Jolie [7] and singer Sinéad O'Connor [8] "came out" as lesbian or bisexual women in interviews with Anderson-Minshall, although O'Connor and Plato later retracted their statements.[no citations needed here]

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 Genders with her husband Jacob Anderson-Minshall. The work focuses on how their relationship survived the transition from lesbian couple to husband and wife.[9] 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.[10]


  • 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 [11]
  • 2013 – LA Pride Osborn/Michaels Media Award,[12] 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."[13]
  • 2014 – The First Annual WPA Awards of Distinction Leadership Award for helping develop the HIV Plus Treatment Guide Mobile App.[14]
  • 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.[10]



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


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


  • 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


  1. "Advocate's Diane Anderson-Minshall Honored by L.A. Pride" (in en). 2013-05-17. http://www.advocate.com/pride/2013/05/17/advocates-diane-anderson-minshall-honored-la-pride. 
  2. Abbott, Alysia (September 2016). "Love Beyond Gender". Psychology Today 49 (5): 76-77. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=117640199&site=ehost-live. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vitello, Paul (2006-08-20). "The Trouble When Jane Becomes Jack" (in en-US). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/fashion/20gender.html. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Toce, Sarah (9 June 2014). "Jacob and Diane Anderson-Minshall talk 'Queerly Beloved' - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times". http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Jacob-and-Diane-Anderson-Minshall-talk-Queerly-Beloved-/47764.html. 
  5. Brydum, Sunnivie (2012-11-21). "Advocate Executive Editor Receives Excellence In Journalism Award" (in en). The Advocate. https://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/media/2012/11/21/advocate-executive-editor-receives-excellence-journalism-award. 
  6. Anderson-Minshall recalls Plato
  7. Anderson-Minshall on AfterEllen.com recalls Jolie's Interview
  8. [1] June 9, 2000, Los Angeles Times Reports O'Connor came out to Anderson-Minshall
  9. "'Queerly Beloved:' How a couple survived transition and kept their queer identities". http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/04/28/queerly-beloved-how-a-couple-survived-transition-and-kept-their-queer-identities/. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Advocate.com Editors (2015-07-28). "Historic Night at Golden Crown Literary Awards". Advocate.com. http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2015/07/28/historic-night-golden-crown-literary-awards. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
  11. http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/media/2012/11/21/advocate-executive-editor-receives-excellence-journalism-award
  12. http://wehonews.com/z/wehonews/archive/page.php?articleID=7941
  13. http://lapride.org/honorees/index.html
  14. http://www.wpa-online.org/wpa-awards-of-distinction/2014-wpa-awards-of-distinction-leadership-award/

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