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The July 23 Los Angeles benefit event for NLGJA, L.A. Exclusive, was a great gathering of those who support our mission to advance fair and accurate news coverage of the LGBT community and issues.

Host Ken Miguel, NLGJA’s Vice President for Broadcast, took a few moments to reflect on the difficult and crucial work on of LGBT journalists in covering the Orlando massacre.

“Engaging news features on important issues to the LGBT community has been a hallmark of Diane’s work,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. “She has also brought her life experiences as a member of the LGBT community to her news features in a way that expands the understanding of the American public at large. Such accomplishments earned her the Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage of the LGBT Community and Issues.”

Anderson-Minshall, in thanking NLGJA for the award, noted how thrilled she was to get an award named for someone who was such a personal inspiration and also looked back on some examples of her body of work – including a feature reflecting on the UpStairs Lounge arson attack in New Orleans, which had previously been the worst mass killing of LGBT people in U.S. history – and the importance of LGBT journalists telling the stories of the LGBT community.