Donna Minkowitz (born May 8, 1964) is a writer and journalist from Brooklyn, New York, United States. She is an advocate for gay and lesbian gay rights and has written extensively on the subject for publications such as The Village Voice (where she was on staff for eight years), New York Magazine, The Advocate, Ms. magazine, The Nation and Salon.com.
She was listed as one of Newsweek's "20 Gay Power Brokers" and is famous for uncovering the Brandon Teena story. In more recent years, she has become known for her memoir pieces and personal essays on sexuality and interpersonal violence, and she has reviewed books for the New York Times Book Review.
She won a Lambda Literary Award for her memoir Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters With the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury, published by the Free Press (Simon and Schuster). The book examines her experiences as a lesbian journalist closely covering the anti-gay Religious Right. Going undercover in groups such as the Promise Keepers, where she dressed in drag as a sixteen year-old boy to gain access, Minkowitz discovered both to her pain and her amusement that she had a great deal in common with her counterparts in the opposing movement.
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