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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…

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…

LGBT advocates urge Eleventh Circuit to uphold lower court ruling to provide medical care to transgender woman in Florida prison

TALLAHASSEE — Late Wednesday, eleven LGBT advocacy and legal services organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit urging the court to uphold the district court ruling in a case brought by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Florida, and global law firm DLA…

UIC needle exchange and HIV testing site on west side offers expanded medical services

CHICAGO — Clinical services to prevent and treat wounds, abscesses and infections caused as a result of injection drug use are now being offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Community Outreach Intervention Project’s, or COIP, west side field office. Services will be provided by physicians, nurses and students from UIC’s Urban Global Medicine…

Studies find that transgender hormone therapy is less risky than birth control pills

WASHINGTON — Novel studies published in the Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s journal Clinical Chemistry suggest that hormone therapy for transgender people increases the risk of blood clots less than birth control pills and does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease at all. These preliminary results could help more transgender individuals to access essential…