Actress Kelly McGillis was attacked at her home on June 17. Photo Credit: Nehrams2020 via Flickr. CC license.

McGillis attacked at home

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Lesbian actress Kelly McGillis shared in a Facebook post that she was attacked on June 17 in her home by a stranger, USA Today reported.

The assailant, Laurence Dorn, was arrested and was charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery and interfering with emergency communication. She was being held on a $60,000 bond in a Henderson County jail.

McGillis said when she returned home that she found her front door unlocked and a light on. She was then “confronted by a screaming woman who accused her of stalking her and attacked her when she ran outside to call 911. She and the woman fought; the woman grabbed her cellphone and threw it on the ground.”

Injuries sustained by McGillis were scratches and bruising and she said she was otherwise okay.

USA Today also reported that since the attack she has obtained a concealed-carry gun permit which she uses to protect herself. Her decision was not taken lightly. She had previously been the victim of a gang rape when she was 12 years old. With the two incidents, she decided to exercise her Second Amendment right to bear arms.


Pride org seeks sponsors, more

HICKORY, N.C. — Catawba Valley Pride, Inc., is gearing up for its Pridepalooza celebration to be held on Sept. 3 from 4-8 p.m. at Club Cabaret, 101 N. Center St., and is asking the community to consider being a sponsor ($50-$1,000, four levels), vendor ($40/10’ x 10’ space with flame retardant tent with tag/anchored), speak (a variety of topics available), donate to a swag bag (free), advertise in the business card directory ($25) and/or perform (free).

Two hundred swag bags will be give to the first 200 attendees. Promotional items are encouraged, as well as other items. Deadline is Aug. 30.

The directory will be 10 color pages of diversity-friendly business supporters. For $25 individuals, businesses or organizations can place an ad, coupon, announcement or memorial in a business card size .JPG format. Note: a front page ad is included with top-tear sponsorships. Deadline is July 23.

Singers, poets, dancers, drag performers, balloon artists and magicians are needed to supply entertainment during the event.

Email to learn more.


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Lainey Millen

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