Advocate Executive Editor to Receive Achievement Award

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Diane Anderson-Minshall, executive editor of The Advocate, will be honored with the 2016 Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage.

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association will present the award on June 23 at L.A. Exclusive.

Anderson-Minshall began her career at The Advocate in 2011. She is also Editor in Chief of HIV Plus Magazine and was formerly EIC of Curve magazine.

In addition, the editor at large has worked as an editor for publications such as Crescent City Star, On Our Backs and more. She also founded Girlfriends, a lesbian entertainment magazine.

"From her leadership at Girlfriends to Curve and now The Advocate, Diane has been a leader of LGBT journalism for years," NLGJA board member Kristen Smith told The Advocate. "She has and has continued to cover LGBT issues with courage and insight, telling the stories of our community that are not often told in the mainstream media."

The Lisa Ben award is named for the pen name of Edith Eyde. She created and distributed the United State’s first known lesbian publication and was an inaugural winner of the award in 2014, according to NLGJA.

“As someone who is fiercely supportive of, and has worked so much in, LGBT media, the [Lisa Ben Award] is extra special, because I know we’re often seen as less than those who choose mainstream publishing,” Anderson-Minshall told NLGJA. “The diversity of our lives, our stories, are still not being told and many journalists still feel like they’ll be discriminated against, pigeonholed or find their careers back burnered if their editors, publishers or readers find out they are LGBT.”

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