Lesbian doctors get a role modelBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7302.1610 (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1610
- Jeanelle de Gruchy, specialist registrar in public health
- Southern Derbyshire Health Authority
A new story line in the current season of ER (Channel 4, Wednesdays at 9 pm), the American emergency room drama, focuses on lesbian doctors. In an episode entitled “Witch hunt,” shown on 6 June, lesbian psychiatrist Kim Legaspi was suspended following allegations of sexual harassment made by a suicidal patient struggling with her sexual identity. Dr Legaspi's apparent mistake was to disclose her own sexuality to the patient as a way of helping the woman.
While somewhat contrived, this developing storyline enables the programme to confront the issues faced by openly gay clinicians. The spotlight on Dr Legaspi's sexuality threatens to throw open the closet doors of Kerry Weaver, the previously heterosexual head of the …