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Cure my illness, not my gayness.

The last thing Jamie Beiler expected when visiting a Kissimmee, Fla., physician's assistant for a bronchitis checkup was an attack on her sexual identity. But that's exactly what the 36-year-old lesbian got when she was handed religious literature urging her to undergo reparative therapy to "cure" her homosexuality. "I felt like I had been violated," Beiler said of the incident.

Beiler filed a complaint with the Florida Division of Medical Quality Assurance on January 27 against physician's assistant Dawn Pope-Wright and supervising physician John Hartman. "Lesbians and gay men should be able to obtain medical care without being subjected to unethical and harmful attacks on their sexual orientation," said Karen Doering, senior counsel for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which along with Southern Legal Counsel is representing Beiler.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH CARE
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 14, 2006
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