Dr. Isabel Gómez-Bassols
George Moscone Award
The George Moscone Award recognizes a non-gay individual who furthers human rights and does not shy away from involvement or speaking out on LGBT issues.
Family gives us purpose. It is the first place that we learn to love and to trust; the place that we learn how to become who we are. And when it comes to difficult situations—especially within our families—it is important to have an ally.
The Spanish speaking populations of the United States have that ally in Dr. Isabel Gómez-Bassols. Dr. Isabel is a long time educator and nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio talk-show host. Known as the “la Doctora Isabel, el Angel de la Radio,” which means Doctor Isabel, the Angel of the Airwaves, Gomez-Bassols is the nation’s leading Hispanic radio psychologist and garners 8,000 telephone call attempts per day. Her show, “Doctora Isabel,” airs Monday through Friday, from 1 to 3pm and is broadcast in the top 15 Hispanic markets across the United States and is available to almost 80 percent of Latino households nationwide.
A psychologist with over three decades of experience in adolescent and family counseling, as well as domestic violence expertise, Dr. Isabel has partnered with Bienestar—the leading Latino community service and advocacy organization. Her goal is to speak to mothers directly about how important acceptance is for their LGBT children as they go through the process of coming out to their families.
To show someone you care, sometimes all you have to do is listen. Doctor Isabel demonstrates such care on a daily basis during her show. It reaches an audience that is sometimes unheard and it is this audience that she listens to, speaks for and educates on such far ranging topics as interpersonal relationships, personal well being and the LGBT community.
According to Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project, family acceptance and rejection have a profound impact on the physical and mental health of Latino LGBT young people, including suicidal behavior, depression, substance abuse, HIV, STD’s and self-esteem.
Understanding this, Doctor Isabel cares, whole-heartedly, and with purpose; working to help guide her listeners by speaking honestly, carefully and with true convictions. She is striving to better not only the Hispanic community, but all communities, including the LGBT community.
CSW is proud to present the George Moscone Award to Dr. Isabel Gómez-Bassols, in recognition of her continued embodiment of PRIDE 365: Power. Passion. Purpose, crossing so many boundaries throughout the country and communities and working to enhance life for all.