Pride Media, the largest U.S. publisher of LGBTQ content, named its first female chief executive officer: Diane Anderson-Minshall. As the head of Pride Media, Anderson-Minshall will be in charge of several major LGBTQ brands, such as The Advocate, Out, and Pride.
Anderson-Minshall has worked in LGBTQ media for 30 years, including stints at Curve, Girlfriends, and Alice. She is also famous for her celebrity coming-out interviews — both Angelina Jolie and Sinéad O’Connor came out as lesbian or bisexual during interviews with Anderson-Minshall.
Most recently, Anderson-Minshall worked as the Editorial Director at The Advocate, the oldest LGBTQ magazine in the country.
“The Advocate was the first LGBTQ magazine I ever read, back in the late 1980s,” Anderson-Minshall recalled.
“Now, decades after I first penned one of my earliest freelance articles for The Advocate, our brands — Out, The Advocate, Pride, Plus — are still among the only national LGBTQ brands with the power to tell the full truth about our lives. These titles, and this company, are more important now in 2020, than ever. I look forward to taking our mandate for storytelling to new people and new platforms while remembering the readers and followers who have gotten us here.”
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis explained why Anderson-Minshall’s new role is so pivotal for queer media in 2020.
“There has never been a more important time for The Advocate, Out, and all of Pride Media’s brands to be producing the quality LGBTQ reporting and storytelling that they are known for,” Ellis said. “Diane Anderson-Minshall is an experienced leader who will lead Pride Media to new success at a critical time.”
Anderson-Minshall is also the founder and CEO of Retrograde Communications, an editorial services and content development firm. She co-authored a memoir, “Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders,” with her spouse of 28 years, trans journalist Jacob Anderson-Minshall.
Congratulations to Diane Anderson-Minshall and everyone at Pride Media!