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Pride Media names veteran female LGBTQ editor Diane Anderson-Minshall as CEO

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(UPDATED) In a surprise move Wednesday, Pride Media named veteran journalist and editor Diane Anderson-Minshall as its new chief executive officer. Anderson-Minshall, who is the first woman to ever hold that position, has been editorial director of Pride Media magazine properties, The Advocate, Chill, and Plus, the blog TinyLivingChic.com, and website HIVPlusMag.com in her capacity as CEO/founder of Retrograde Communications.

Pride Media has experienced dramatic turmoil over the past year, culminating in the December resignation of Anderson-Minshall’s predecessor Orlando Reece and the abrupt departures of Out Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Phillip Picardi, Advocate Editor-In-Chief Zack Stafford, which was followed by the New Year’s Eve resignation of Out Magazine’s Deputy Editor (Digital) Nico Lang.

Last April, the company’s CEO at the time, Nathan Coyle, who was replaced by Reece, resigned after a rocky tenure, the Los Angeles Blade reported. Coyle jumped ship to go to the Ford Modeling Agency, according to The Hollywood Reporter– which found out “prior to (Coyle) informing his staff at Pride Media,” The Advocate reported.

Anderson-Minshall’s elevation to CEO places the company in the hands of a person with 30 years of LGBTQ media experience who is very familiar with print publications and online content.

“The Advocate was the first LGBTQ magazine I ever read, back in the late 1980s. I literally left mainstream media within weeks of discovering it, knowing the stories that I wanted to tell,” Anderson-Minshall told The Advocate. “Now, decades after I first penned one of my earliest freelance articles for The Advocateour 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,” she added.

“Naming Diane Anderson-Minshall as Pride Media CEO is a bold, refreshing and groundbreaking move — a longtime coming since the history made in 1996 by Judy Wieder, The Advocate’s former editor-in-chief,” says Los Angeles Blade News Editor Karen Ocamb, another longtime journalist in the LGBTQ press. “Diane is highly regarded, grasps the importance of freelancers, can be both kickass and kind, and actually gets excited by finding and telling new LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS stories. She certainly has a tough road ahead dealing with the mess Pride Media seems stuck in. But surely, Diane’s friends, fans of The Advocate and Out and supporters of LGBTQ media hope for her success.”

(*UPDATE: Please note: IT whiz Megan Smith was appointed CEO of PlanetOut in 1998, overseeing the merger with Gay.com in 2000 to become PlanetOut Partners, Inc. She left to join Google in 2003, two years before PlanetOut Partners acquired LPI, then publishers of The Advocate, Out and HIV Plus magazines. – Karen Ocamb)

The LA-based Anderson-Minshall and her spouse of 28 years, transgender journalist Jacob Anderson-Minshall, are authors of a popular lesbian mystery series (Blind Eye detective agency trilogy) and a memoir, Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders, which documents their transition from lesbian couple to husband and wife after Jacob came out as a transgender man.

Photo of Diane Anderson-Minshall by Luke Fontana.

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Los Angeles Mayor: Supreme Court decision “fundamentally un-American”

Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Blade photo from video by Troy Masters)

LOS ANGELES – During the Los Angeles Mayor’s Pride Garden Party held at The Getty House, the official residence of the mayor Saturday afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke to the Los Angeles Blade reflecting on Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Garcetti noted that “here in LA we defend those rights” after taking aim at the actions of the high court Friday in the ruling on the Mississippi case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health clinic. “Make no mistake, we have to be active,” Garcetti added.

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Reminder: 101 closed through DTLA until 10pm Sunday

The closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced

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LOS ANGELES – (KTLA) Motorists are being reminded that the stretch of 101 through the downtown area of Los Angeles is shut down for road restoration and reconstruction work.

KTLA reported the closure began at 10 p.m. Saturday and will be completed by 10 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced.

The 24-hour closure between State Route 60 and the 10 Freeway interchange is needed for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, which aims to replace the original, seismically-deficient structure built in 1932, authorities said.

During the closure, the California Department of Transportation will also be doing slab replacement work along the same stretch of the 101 Freeway.

The closure will center around the east side of the viaduct construction site in Boyle Heights. While the stretch is closed, drivers headed west on State Route 60 from the Pomona area will not be able to access the 101, officials said.

Off-ramps and on-ramps in the area will also be closed during as road work gets underway.

Drivers who reach the closure will see signs directing them to a detour.

(The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering)

The new $588 million viaduct is expected to be completed in Summer of 2022, stretching between Boyle Heights and the Arts District.

Officials say it is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles.

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LA-DWP & Mayor Garcetti announce new outdoor watering restrictions

Sprinkler watering will be allowed Monday & Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday & Sunday

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City of Los Angeles (Blade file photo)

LOS ANGELES – In a press conference Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced that outdoor watering in the city will be restricted to two days a week starting June 1.

The announcement comes as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared an unprecedented water shortage emergency two weeks ago, imposing restrictions after MWD’s board voted to adopt the emergency measures to “reduce non-essential water use” in certain areas. Cities and smaller water suppliers that get water from MWD are required to start restricting outdoor watering to one day a week, or to find other ways to cut usage to a new monthly allocation limit.

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In Tuesday’s press conference Mayor Garcetti said L.A.’s two-day limit was still more lenient than the one imposed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which has ordered many of its member agencies to restrict outdoor watering to once a week.

Sprinkler watering will be allowed on Monday and Friday at odd-numbered addresses in the city, and even-numbered addresses on Thursday and Sunday.

For more information visit the LADWP webpage here.

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