100 Women We Love: Dee Mosbacher MD, Ph.D.

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"When I went to medical school, I had no idea I would become a filmmaker," said Academy Award-nominated documentarian Dee Mosbacher. "I planned to become a psychiatrist." For 20 years, she was Dr. Mosbacher by day, and Dee Mosbacher, LGBTQ filmmaker, by night. By 1993, she had founded Woman Vision, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting social change through media. Two years later, she co-directed and co-produced the Oscar-nominated short film Straight from the Heart, which explored the relationships between conservative parents and their gay children. Mosbacher knows something about the topic. Her father, Robert Mosbacher, is a former Reagan task force member and served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce during the George H.W. Bush administration. Father and daughter were close, despite the younger Mosbacher being the first LGBT person to speak out publicly against the GOP's vitriolic "family values." In fact, when the two were both giving commencement speeches, she began hers with: "We looked at each other's speeches. He would have used mine but he's not a lesbian. I would have used his, but I'm not a Republican." Today Mosbacher lives in San Francisco with her spouse of 38 years, Dr. Nanette Gartrell. –DN

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