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Diane "Dee" Mosbacher, MD, PhD, (born January 13, 1949 in Houston, Texas) is an American filmmaker, lesbian feminist activist, and psychiatrist. In 1993, Mosbacher founded Woman Vision, a nonprofit organization to promote tolerance and equal treatment of all people through the production and use of educational media, including video.[1]

To date, Mosbacher has directed or produced nine documentary films through Woman Vision, each having to do with LGBTQ or Women’s Rights issues. In 1994, Mosbacher directed and produced Straight From the Heart, which was nominated for an Academy Award.[2] Mosbacher is also a practicing psychiatrist.


Oscar nomination for Straight from the Heart

In 1995, Mosbacher directed and produced Straight From the Heart, a documentary that explored relationships between straight parents and their gay children. The film includes emotional interviews with a straight couple that didn't approve of homosexuality and disowned their gay child, who died of AIDS shortly after. The film was nominated for an Academy Award.[3]

Training Rules

In 2009, Mosbacher co-directed and co-produced with Fawn Yacker the documentary film Training Rules, an hour-long movie about Rene Portland, a woman's basketball coach from Penn State University. Portland allegedly banned lesbians from playing on her team. The film contains interviews with former athletes and faculty members at Penn State who say that Portland actively pursued and harassed members of her team whom she suspected to be gay.

Training Rules has been shown in dozens of film festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has won three audience choice awards to date.[4]

Personal life

Mosbacher is the daughter of Robert Mosbacher, who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under George H.W. Bush from 1989-1992. Mosbacher and her father have a close relationship despite the Republican Party's largely anti-gay position. In 1992, on a day when the two were both giving commencement speeches, she told a Washington Post reporter that she began her speech: "Dad and I had breakfast this morning. 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."[5]

Mosbacher is married to Nanette Gartrell, MD, a psychiatrist who in 2008 authored My Answer is No…If That’s ok With You, a self-help book directed at people who have difficulties saying "no".


  • 1985: Closets are Health Hazards: Gay and Lesbian Physicians Come Out Director/Producer
  • 1991: Lesbians on Practice, Patients, and Power Director/Producer
  • 1994: Straight From the Heart Director/Producer (with Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman)
  • 1995: Out for a Change: Addressing Homophobia in Women's Sports Director/Producer
  • 1996: All God's Children Director/Producer (with Sylvia Rhue and Frances Reid)
  • 2001: De Colores Executive Producer
  • 2002: Radical Harmonies: The Story of Women's Music Director/Producer (with Boden Sandstrom and June Millington)
  • 2006: No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Leon Co-Producer (with Joan Biren)
  • 2009: Training Rules Director/Producer (with Fawn Yacker)[6]


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