Last Sunday Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall were each awarded a Goldie for their work on Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders. The historic night sponsored by the Golden Crown Literary Society, an organization dedicated to furthering lesbian literature, also featured Rita Mae Brown, Lee Lynch and Dorthy Allison.
"We were utterly stunned," Jacob said about winning. "It was truly unexpected. We didn't think we had a shot at winning and were just honored to be finalists!"
e added "We hadn't even prepared an acceptance speech. Thank goodness we were at least dressed well!"
"It was especially surprising to hear our names called first," Jacob added. "I was expecting to hear Lee Lynch named as the winner for her collection of Amazon Trail columns, A Queer American."
Queerly Beloved and A Queer American both won in the creative nonfiction category.
"This award really means a lot to me," Jacob admitted. "Even though I haven't been a lesbian for a decade now, I still feel most at home in the lesbian community. So it was particularly gratifying to receive an award from the lesbian literary organization Golden Crown."
"We continue to be amazed at the reception Queerly Beloved has received," Diane said. "It's won several awards and been a finalist for several others and we are constantly approached by fans who say things like 'This book changed my life.' As a writer and activist, it is incredibly rewarding to receive that kind of feedback!"