Diane Anderson-Minshall

Diane Anderson-Minshall--About's Reality TV Guide
Diane Anderson-Minshall

  • One of PowerUp's Ten Powerful Gay Women in Showbiz
  • An award-winning journalist who has written for numerous publications including the New York Times and The Advocate
  • Appeared on television on WE’s Secret Lives of Women and Here TV’s Lesbian Sex and Sexuality


Diane Anderson-Minshall is a former writer for ThoughtCo. She an award-winning entertainment journalist who has interviewed celebrities, reviewed film and television and covered pop culture news for over two decades. She is the Editorial Director of The Advocate, Chill, Plus, and Out Traveler magazines. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Curve Magazine and the founder and editor of Girlfriends and Alice magazines. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites including Us Weekly, E! Online, People, The New York Times, Utne Reader, Bitch, Seventeen, Femme Fatale, Diva, The Advocate, Bust, Venus, and more. She’s interviewed over 200 celebrities, from Angelina Jolie to the cast of MTV’s "Shot at Love."

Diane's work is taught in media studies courses at colleges across the U.S. and her essays have appeared in anthologies like Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television and Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine.

Diane has appeared on television on WE’s "Secret Lives of Women" and Here TV’s "Lesbian Sex and Sexuality." A fictional character based on her, Stacy Merkin, was a part of "The L Word" Season Four. In 2006, Diane was named one of PowerUp’s Ten Powerful Gay Women in Showbiz. She wrote articles on Reality TV for ThoughtCo for four years. 


Diane studied journalism and communications at Tulane University, Xavier University, University of California Berkeley and Idaho State University, before graduating with a B.A. in communications and humanities from New College of California.


  • Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders (2014)
  • Becoming: Young Ideas on Gender, Identity, and Sexuality (2004)
  • Punishment with Kisses (Matinee Romances, 2009)
  • Blind Eye Mystery Series (with Jacob Anderson-Minshall)

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