Diane Anderson-Minshall

Journalist, Editor, Author, HIV & LGBT health activist


Diane Anderson-Minshall is a queer Native American (Choctaw/Zuni/Cherokee) journalist and editor, published author, and long-time HIV & LGBT health activist, who has received numerous awards for her work with marginalized communities.

She is CEO and chief storyteller of Retrograde Communications, modern editorial services and content development agency that’s LGBT and POC run. The agency produces two magazines, a website, a review blog, and PSAs and educational materials for non-profit campaigns like Kaiser Foundation’s Greater than AIDS transgender campaign and Walgreens Pride.com #GetTested initiative.

Most notably, she currently serves as the editorial director of The Advocate magazine (the country’s oldest and bestselling LGBT magazine); editor in chief of Plus (the most widely read magazine for people living with HIV); chief content officer of TinyLivingChic.com; and executive producer of The T With Dr. D, a six-part TV series on HIV treatment, testing, and prevention.

A freelance writer for several decades, Diane has appeared New York Times, Out Traveler, Black Book, Ladies Home Journal, Bitch, Esquire, Radar, Us Weekly, PassportBustBeekman 1802 AlmanacSan Francisco ChronicleOut, Glamour, OutTraveler, SheWired, Pride, Gay.com, and dozens of regional LGBT media outlets including Bay Area Reporter, Southern Voice, Washington Blade, OutWeek, and Lesbian News. Diane is the 2016 recipient of the NLGJA’s Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage.

Diane and transgender journalist Jacob Anderson-Minshall are co-conspirators in life and love. They co-authored the Blind Eye mystery series and they wrote the memoir, Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders, about their now 26-year-relationship, which survived Jacob’s gender transition. In 2015, she and Jacob were given the best creative non-fiction book award for Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders; her husband then became the first openly transgender author to win a Goldie award from the Golden Crown Literary Society.

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