Prosecutors ask for 96 years for Van Dyke

CHICAGO — Prosecutors told a court that they want Jason Van Dyke to serve at least 96 years for the murder of Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Monday. Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of of aggravated battery, one count for each shot, in Chicago on Oct. 8. From the…

Watch ‘Trans’ in Buffalo Grove on Feb. 24

BUFFALO GROVE — The Pinta Pride Project is hosting a screening of ‘Trans’ at the Alcott Center in Buffalo Grove on Feb. 24. From the registration page: ABOUT THE MOVIE: “This amazing and lovingly crafted documentary looks at the broad range of issues regarding being transgender, as well as the many variations of transgender people…

College reviewer publishes list of the most LGBTQ friendly colleges

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — College Consensus, a new college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has published their ranking of 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges for 2019 at https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-lgbt-schools/. Colleges and universities have long been the place where young people find themselves and their people, developing into the people they will be through…

Illinois State Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium submissions due February 15

BLOOMINGTON — Undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of study are invited to submit papers and detailed descriptions of other types of presentations (e.g. short performance pieces and artist’s talks) for the 24th annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium. Papers and presentations are welcome on any topic related to the study of women and/or gender…

Suspect charged in transgender woman’s murder

CHICAGO — A teenager has been charged with shooting a transgender woman on the South Side of Chicago last year, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The newspaper reported that 17-year-old Tremon T. Hill was charged on Sunday with first-degree murder in the slaying of Dejanay Stanton, a 24-year-old trans woman, last August. From the Sun-Times: Officers…

Conversion therapy ban filed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Conversion therapy, also referred to as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” and “sexual orientation change efforts,” is a widely discredited practice that attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Representative Tracy McCreery (D – 88) filed the Youth Mental Health Preservation Act (HB 516) on Wednesday which will prohibit…