Debra Chasnoff, Whose Films Redefined Gay Families, Dies at 60
Debra Chasnoff, an Oscar-winning documentarian whose educational films promoted greater tolerance for gays and lesbians, died on Nov. 7 at her home in San Francisco. She was 60.
Her wife, Nancy Otto, said the cause was breast cancer.
Ms. Chasnoff’s first film, which she produced in 1984 with her companion at the time, Kim Klausner, was titled “Choosing Children.” It profiled six households headed by same-sex parents who were raising children through adoption, foster parenting, previous relationships and donor insemination.
The film was said to have inspired many gay and lesbian couples to start raising families of their own.
“I think that very first film has done more to change the world than anything else I could possibly do,” Ms. Chasnoff said in a 2013 interview on blogtalkradio.com. “It’s no longer assumed you can’t be a parent if you’re gay.”
By Sam Roberts, New York Times, November 14, 2017
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