Deidre Downs Gunn, M.D, held the state title of Miss Alabama, before entering the national Miss America competition in 2005. And, she holds another title today: Deidre is the first Miss America to enter a same sex marriage and build a family with her wife.
Deidre and her partner Abbott met on a dating site in 2017 while Deidre was finishing a fellowship and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She now practices as a fertility specialist at UAB Fertility and is expecting a baby with Abbott, conceived through an IVF transfer performed by Dr. Deidre herself!
In this interview, in honor of Pride 2021, Andrea and Deidre discuss why she entered the pageant and what it was like to hold the Miss America title, when she knew she was gay, and what she has learned on the "other side" of fertility treatments, as an IVF patient herself.
This episode is presented by "A Lifetime of Pride and Joy" which is customizing a free fertility journey, including IVF and surrogacy services up to $75,000, to a random winner in the LGBTQ+ community. No purchase necessary. To learn more, see the contest rules and apply, visit pridejoybaby.com. The winner will be announced in early July, 2021.
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