Bermuda: Accomplished US academic dies after bike collision

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A prominent gay professor from Indiana University has died after being hit by a motorcycle while on holiday in Bermuda.

Alexander Doty, 58, worked at the university’s Bloomington campus as chair of the Department of Communication and Culture.

He had previously written several books about gay and lesbian film theory and on LGBT culture.

Titles include Making Things Perfectly Queer; Interpreting Mass Culture; Queering The Film Cannon and Flaming Classics.

The Herald-Times reports that Mr Doty had only been on the island for about three hours, and was walking back to his hotel, when he was hit by a motorcycle last week. He remained in a critical condition with head injuries and died on Sunday.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired following the collision.

Despite its lack of LGBT rights, Bermuda remains a popular tourist destination for gay Americans.

In 2007 the island’s government became embroiled in a homophobic row after the lesbian comedian and US TV host Rosie O’Donnell cancelled a cruise for gay families due to faith based protests.

Ewart Brown, Bermuda’s former premier, said at the time: “Bermuda is a democracy that welcomes all people of all races, colours, creeds, and sexual orientation”.