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The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Iowa Safe Schools, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ children, and seven Iowa students, ranging in age from fourth to 12th grades, and their families. One plaintiff, Iowa City high school senior Puck Carlson, said in an online news conference that the law is having a devastating effect on Iowa LGBTQ+ students. She has watched her younger LGBTQ+ sister struggle to feel safe in school since the law took effect, she said. Many of the banned books contain content of particular relevance to LGBTQ+ students, including LGBTQ+ characters, historical figures or themes. “As a result of the ban, LGBTQ+ students are denied the comfort of narratives that include LGBTQ+ characters and the solace that they are not alone,” the ACLU said.
Persons: , Thomas Story, Kim Reynolds, ” Reynolds, Puck Carlson, ” Carlson Organizations: American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Lambda, Republican, Iowa Safe Schools, Iowa, Iowa City, , Schools, ACLU, Republicans Locations: Iowa
But the real focus will be on whether widening U.S. curbs on sales of its high-end chips to China could hamper that run. The results will also be a major test for the AI-powered rally that has helped drive up the U.S. stock market this year, with the Philadelphia semiconductor index (.SOX) up nearly 50% in 2023. The Biden administration last month banned China sales of the H800 and A800 chips that Nvidia had created after previous curbs on exports to the country. Reuters GraphicsCHINA CHIPSBefore the latest China export curbs, demand for Nvidia's H800 chip, a slower version of its flagship AI chip, had outpaced rivals as it was better than the alternatives. "It's possible Nvidia's massive growth will make revenue from China less material over time," Morningstar analysts said.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Kyle Rodda, Biden, Bernstein, Stacy Rasgon, Arsheeya Bajwa, Chavi Mehta, Devika Organizations: NVIDIA, REUTERS, Nvidia, Wall Street Journal, Reuters Graphics, LSEG, AMD, Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Lambda, Morningstar, Thomson Locations: China, Philadelphia, Reuters Graphics CHINA, Bengaluru
The H200, as the chip is called, will overtake Nvidia's current top H100 chip. The primary upgrade is more high-bandwidth memory, one of the costliest parts of the chip that defines how much data it can process quickly. Nvidia dominates the market for AI chips and powers OpenAI's ChatGPT service and many similar generative AI services that respond to queries with human-like writing. The H200 has 141-gigabytes of high-bandwidth memory, up from 80 gigabyte in its previous H100. Nvidia also buys memory from Korea's SK Hynix (000660.KS), which said last month that AI chips are helping to revive sales.
Persons: OpenAI's, Stephen Nellis, Sam Holmes Organizations: Nvidia, Google, Oracle, Nvidia's, Micron Technology, Korea's SK Hynix, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Lambda, Thomson Locations: San Francisco
CNN —A British couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday at a luxury resort in Egypt after the room next door was sprayed with pesticide to kill bed bugs, a coroner has found. In some countries, Lambda is diluted with the substance dichloromethane, which causes the body to metabolize or ingest carbon monoxide. The fumigated room, which was sealed with masking tape around the door, was connected to theirs with an adjoining door, according to PA. The married couple returned to their room for the night but were found seriously ill the next day by their daughter. John Cooper, 69, was declared dead in the room, while his wife Susan, 63, died hours later in hospital.
Persons: CNN —, John, Susan Cooper, Lambda, John Cooper, Susan, Kelly Ormerod, Pat Hurst, James Adelely, Organizations: CNN, UK’s PA Media, Lambda Locations: Egypt, Red, Hurghada, Lancashire
Nye, who was appointed by Republican former President Donald Trump, had in August issued a temporary order blocking the law. Idaho Attorney General Raul Labrador called the ruling a "significant win" and said the law was "designed to protect students." Idaho's bathroom bill allows students to sue schools for $5,000 if they encounter a transgender student in a bathroom in violation of the law. The new law says schools must provide a "reasonable accommodation" for transgender students unwilling or unable to use their assigned bathroom. Federal courts have been divided on school policies requiring transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their birth sex, with the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S.
Persons: Demetrius Freeman, David Nye, Nye, Donald Trump, Peter Renn, Raul Labrador, Rebecca Roe, Brad Little, Brendan Pierson, Alexia Garamfalvi, Matthew Lewis, David Gregorio Our Organizations: REUTERS, District, Republican, Lambda, Circuit, Appeals, Thomson Locations: Washington, New York, U.S, Idaho, Richmond , Virginia, Virginia, Atlanta, Florida
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho law restricting which bathrooms transgender students can use in schools will go into effect while a court challenge plays out. It prohibits transgender students from using public school restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. It also allows other students to sue their school if they encounter a student using a bathroom that doesn’t align with their sex assigned at birth. About a quarter of Idaho schools allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Nye said in a previous decision. The group also pushed a new Idaho law criminalizing gender-affirming health care for minors.
Persons: David Nye, Nye, ” Nye, , , Thursday's, Peter Renn, Debbie Critchfield, Raúl, Republican Sen, Ben Adams Organizations: Chief U.S, District, The Idaho Statesman, Lambda, Lambda Legal, Idaho State, of Education, Boise School District’s, , Republican, Policy, GOP, U.S, Circuit, Appeals Locations: BOISE, Idaho, An Idaho, Raúl Labrador, Labrador, Nampa
His death has been memorialized as an egregious hate crime that helped fuel the LGBTQ+ rights movement over the ensuing years. In 2011, the military scrapped the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that kept gay, lesbian and bisexual service members in the closet. Several activists interviewed this week by The Associated Press evoked Matthew Shepard as they discussed broader developments. The act expanded the federal hate crime law to include crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It is a popular choice for high school theater productions but has faced opposition due to policies resembling Florida's “Don't Say Gay” law that have surfaced in various states and communities.
Persons: It's, Matthew Shepard, we've, Kevin Jennings, , you've, they're, we’ve, , Ron DeSantis, “ We’re, ” Shannon Minter, Rodrigo Heng, Lehtinen, ” Heng, James Esseks, Esseks, ” Esseks, Kelley Robinson, , James Byrd Jr, Barack Obama, Shepard, Shepard's, Judy, Matthew Shepard’s, Shelby Chestnut, Chestnut, Cathy Renna Organizations: of Wyoming, U.S, Supreme, Republican, Lambda, GOP, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, American Civil Liberties, HIV, Human Rights, Associated Press, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Transgender Law, New, National, Task Force Locations: Vermont, Texas, Colorado, Florida, Laramie , Wyoming, New York City
The North Carolina lawsuit closely follows the playbook of other successful court challenges to gender-affirming care bans that have swept Republican-controlled states this year. Other plaintiffs include a North Carolina family physician who serves transgender patients and several local and national LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations. Jean Fischer Brinkley, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Medical Board, declined a request for comment. North Carolina law also prohibits using state funds to support the provision of gender-affirming care. “When I say that gender-affirming care can be lifesaving, that is not hyperbole.
Persons: Omar Gonzalez, Republican supermajorities, , Alex Sheldon, Jean Fischer Brinkley, Thomas Mansfield, Dr, Riley Smith, Smith, ” Smith, Organizations: North, Republican, Lambda, Democratic, Lambda Legal, National Health, GLMA, Health, Republican General Assembly, North Carolina Medical Board, North Carolina, Health Plan, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Endocrine Society Locations: RALEIGH, N.C, North Carolina, Arkansas, . North Carolina
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Tulsa declined to stop a new law from taking effect that makes it a felony crime for health care workers in Oklahoma to provide gender-affirming medical care to young transgender people. Heil wrote that the plaintiffs had not demonstrated that parents have a fundamental right to choose such medical care for their children. At least 22 states have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors, and most of those states face lawsuits similar to the one in Oklahoma. A federal judge in June declared that Arkansas’ ban was unconstitutional, the first ruling to overturn such a prohibition. Arkansas was the first state to enact a ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors.
Persons: John Heil III, Heil, ” Heil, Kevin Stitt, Gentner Drummond, Bill, Drummond, Phil Bacharach, Jenner, Block, ” “, Organizations: OKLAHOMA CITY, , Oklahoma's Republican, Gov, Enforcement, American Civil Liberties Union, Oklahoma, Lambda Legal, U.S, Circuit, Arkansas Locations: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S, Arkansas
Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in cases Thursday involving the coverage of gender-affirming care by North Carolina’s state employee health plan and the coverage of gender-affirming surgery by West Virginia Medicaid. During the proceedings, at least two judges said it’s likely the case will eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Both states appealed separate lower court rulings that found the denial of gender-affirming care to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. “West Virginia is entitled to deference where they're going to take their limited resources," he said. Chambers certified the lawsuit as a class action, covering all transgender West Virginians who participate in Medicaid.
Persons: it’s, Tara Borelli, , Borelli, John Knepper, Knepper, , Caleb David, Virginia's, , Chuck Chambers, Huntington, Chambers, Patrick Morrisey Organizations: , Circuit, Virginia Medicaid, U.S, Supreme, Lambda, Constitution, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, West, U.S . Centers, Medicare, Services, District, Affordable, West Virginians, West Virginia Inc, Public Employees Insurance Agency, West Virginia Republican, Locations: CHARLESTON, W.Va, North Carolina, West Virginia, Richmond, North Carolina’s, Virginia, U.S, “ West Virginia
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will no longer change transgender people's birth certificates to reflect their gender identities, the state health department said Friday, citing a new law that prevents the state from legally recognizing those identities. The decision from the state Department of Health and Environment makes Kansas one of a handful of states that won't change transgender people's birth certificates. They came in response to court filings by conservative Republican state Attorney General Kris Kobach to enforce the new state law. Under the conservative Republicans who were governor before Kelly, transgender residents also couldn’t change their birth certificates. A federal judge signed off on a settlement agreement requiring the state to change transgender people’s birth certificates.
Persons: Laura Kelly's, Kris Kobach, Jaelynn, I’ve, ” Abegg, Kobach, Kelly, ” Omar Gonzalez, , ” Kobach, they've, ___ Hollingsworth, ___, John Hanna Organizations: of Health, Environment, Democratic Gov, Republican, GOP, Kansas, Lambda, Republicans, Lambda Legal, Kansas Supreme, American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas Locations: TOPEKA, Kan, Kansas, Wichita, U.S . Montana , Oklahoma, Tennessee, Montana, Mission , Kansas, kansas
The NewsThe Texas Supreme Court allowed a new law banning transition care for transgender minors to go into effect on Friday, halting a range of medically-accepted treatments, including hormones and puberty blockers, in the nation’s most populous Republican-led state. But that decision was immediately appealed by the attorney general to the Texas Supreme Court, an action that prevented the lower court’s injunction from taking effect. The request was made by the plaintiffs, including transgender minors, their parents and several rights groups, including Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. The law was passed by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature earlier this year and was signed by Gov. It prohibits doctors from prescribing certain medications and from performing mastectomies or other surgical procedures as part of a gender transition for minors.
Persons: Greg Abbott Organizations: The, Supreme, Republican, Texas Supreme, Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Texas Legislature, Gov Locations: Texas
They said that the state law, signed by Republican Governor Brad Little in March, illegally discriminates on the basis of gender identity and violates students' right to privacy. Idaho's bathroom bill allows students to sue schools for $5,000 if they encounter a transgender student in a bathroom the law forbids. That effectively puts a "bounty" on transgender students and encourages others to search them out, the lawsuit said. The new law says schools must provide a "reasonable accommodation" for transgender students unwilling or unable to use their assigned bathroom. Federal courts have been divided on school policies requiring transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their birth sex, with the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S.
Persons: Queen Mary, Stephane Mahe, David Nye, Peter Renn of, Raul Labrador, Rebecca Roe, Brad Little, Brendan Pierson, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Justice, REUTERS, U.S, District, Peter Renn of Lambda, Republican, Circuit, Appeals, Thomson Locations: Brittany's, Rennes, France, Idaho, Richmond , Virginia, Virginia, Atlanta, Florida, New York
Amazon Web Services created an "AWS Compute Services" team, an email viewed by Insider shows. It combined services such as EC2 and serverless products like Lambda into a single organization. Amazon Web Services created a new "AWS Compute Services" team, according to an internal email viewed by Insider, combining services such as its Elastic Compute Cloud and container and serverless products including Lambda into a single organization. Deepak Singh, the vice president who previously ran AWS containers and serverless products, is leading the new AI organization. Barry Cooks, the vice president who runs the Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service, now reports to Brown.
Persons: Deepak Singh, David Brown, EC2, Holly Mesrobian, Brown, Nick Coult, Ajay Nair, Spencer Dillard, Ahmed Usman Khalid, Barry Cooks, Jody Gibney, Ashley Stewart Organizations: Amazon Web Services, Insider, Lambda, AWS, Web Services, Compute Services, Service, Registry
The Idaho law allows students to sue schools for $5,000 if they encounter a transgender student in a bathroom the law forbids. It effectively puts a "bounty" on transgender students and encourages others to search them out, the lawsuit says. The motion alleges transgender students would be irreparably harmed by being subjected to "profound stigma" and put at higher risk of depression, anxiety and self-harm. "In fact, for years Idaho schools have implemented inclusive policies without harming anyone and only helping to make transgender youth feel safer and more welcome at school." The new law says schools must provide a "reasonable accommodation" for transgender students unwilling or unable to use their assigned bathroom.
Persons: Brad Little, Raul Labrador, Kell Olson, Brendan Pierson, Alexia Garamfalvi, Howard Goller Organizations: Republican, Idaho, of Education, Lambda, Thomson Locations: Idaho, U.S, Boise, New York
REUTERS/Hannah BeierJuly 3 (Reuters) - In state after state, conservative lawmakers this year have banned medical procedures for transgender youth. Now, a growing number of federal judges are blocking those laws from taking effect. The court rulings offer temporary relief from the recent rush of bills banning transgender youth from receiving treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy. Democrats, LGBTQ advocacy groups and health providers say the bans unjustly target a vulnerable community for whom gender-affirming care can be life-saving. The judges also have said laws banning such care violate a parent's right to make healthcare decisions for their children.
Persons: Hannah Beier, Tobias Wolff, Kevin Jennings, Donald Trump, Cynthia Cheng, Wun Weaver, Matt Sharp, Sharp, Jay Richards, " Richards, Barack Obama, Daniel Trotta, Brendan Pierson, Colleen Jenkins, Diane Craft Organizations: REUTERS, University of Pennsylvania, Lambda, Republican, Human Rights, Alliance Defending, Foundation's, for Religion, Civil Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Democratic, American Civil Liberties Union, Thomson Locations: Doylestown , Pennsylvania, U.S, Alabama , Arkansas, Florida , Indiana , Kentucky, Tennessee, Montana, Georgia, Oklahoma, United States, Arkansas
What the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ rights decision means
  + stars: | 2023-06-30 | by ( Devan Cole | )   time to read: +8 min
“So I think the category of businesses that will be able to claim free speech rights against anti-discrimination laws is not at all clear. Jennifer Pizer, the chief legal officer for Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ rights group, also said the court wasn’t clear on what types of businesses are included within the category the court mentioned. Sepper similarly said that the majority didn’t specifically limit the decision to LGBTQ people. So this opens the door to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin discrimination – any kind of discrimination,” she said. But in the fallout of Friday’s decision, LGBTQ advocates and experts cautioned that, far from settling the issue at the center of the case, the ruling will likely embolden opponents of LGBTQ rights and spur a fresh wave of litigation that could strip away civil rights protections in other areas of life.
Persons: Neil Gorsuch, Lorie Smith, , Elizabeth Sepper, Sepper, “ There’s, Jennifer Pizer, , ” Pizer, Sonia Sotomayor, ” Gorsuch, Sotomayor, Smith, Katherine Franke, ” Franke, Phil Weiser, Gorsuch, Pizer Organizations: Washington CNN, CNN, University of Texas, Creative, Lambda Legal, Virgin Islands, Movement Advancement, Columbia Law School Locations: Colorado, Virgin, Washington
June 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative-majority ruling letting certain businesses refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages could impact an array of customers beyond LGBT people, according to the court's liberal justices. Smith said, for instance, she would happily serve an LGBT customer who wants graphics for an animal shelter. Critics said that distinction between message and status was not so clear-cut and could quickly veer into targeting people instead. The ruling takes LGBT rights backwards, Sotomayor wrote. The ruling's rationale cannot be limited to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and could exclude other groups from many services, Sotomayor said.
Persons: Lorie Smith, Neil Gorsuch, Gorsuch, Colorado's, Smith, Critics, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Sotomayor, Jim Bourg Sotomayor, Phil Weiser, of Jesus Christ, Weiser, Lambda, Jennifer Pizer, Amanda Shanor, Shanor, Andrew Chung, Will Dunham Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, of Jesus, Lambda Legal, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Thomson Locations: Denver, Colorado, Washington , U.S
A Clinton-appointed judge struck down Florida's Medicaid ban on transgender healthcare. Ron DeSantis' office directed the state's healthcare agency to do an analysis on Medicaid patients who received transition-related medical care. Roughly 12,000 transgender patients in Florida are enrolled in the program, according to Lambda Legal, one of the firms that represented transgender plaintiffs in the case. "Many people with this view tend to disapprove all things transgender and so oppose medical care that supports a person's transgender existence." Hinkle, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, is the same judge who, earlier this month, blocked portions of a Florida law that aimed to ban transgender minors from receiving puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
Persons: Clinton, DeSantis, , Robert Hinkle, Ron DeSantis, Hinkle, Shakespeare, Grisham, Bill Clinton, Omar Gonzalez, Gonzalez, Pagan Organizations: Service, Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Gov, Lambda, Court, Northern, Northern District of, GOP, Medicaid, Pagan, Health Locations: Florida, Northern District, Northern District of Florida, Charleston , South Carolina
(Reuters) - said cloud services offered by its unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS), were restored after a big disruption on Tuesday affected websites of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Boston Globe among others. FILE PHOTO: 3D printed clouds and figurines are seen in front of the AWS (Amazon Web Service) cloud service logo in this illustration taken February 8, 2022. The outage also affected services at the U.S. securities regulator’s EDGAR system, Southwest Airlines, the Verge and AP for Students. United Airlines said that its operations were minimally affected, adding “we’re out of impact.”Other Amazon services like Amazon Music and Alexa were also impacted, according to Downdetector. Amazon had its last major outage in December 2021, when disruptions to its cloud services temporarily knocked out streaming platforms Netflix and Disney+, Robinhood, and Amazon’s e-commerce website ahead of Christmas.
Persons: Dado,, Downdetector, EDGAR, Alexa won’t Organizations: Reuters, Amazon Web Services, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Boston Globe, REUTERS, Services, Lambda, AWS Lambda, Southwest Airlines, Twitter, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Amazon Music, Alexa, Netflix, Disney
The Justice Department said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment, which promises equal protection. The Justice Department also said it was asking the court to issue an immediate order to prevent the law from going into effect on July 1. But many medical associations have said the law is transphobic and that gender-affirming care can be life-saving. Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the ban into law last month along with a separate measure restricting drag performances in public. Several other U.S. states have banned gender-affirming care for minors, and over the last several weeks groups have sued over laws adopted in Utah, Florida, Indiana and Arkansas.
But many medical associations have said the law is transphobic and that gender-affirming care can be life-saving. The new lawsuit says depriving transgender youth of medically necessary care will have devastating consequences for them and their families. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three families with transgender children and a Memphis-based doctor who performs gender-affirming procedures. Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the ban into law last month along with a separate measure restricting drag performances in public. Several other U.S. states have banned gender-affirming care for minors, and over the last several weeks groups have sued over laws adopted in Utah, Florida, Indiana and Arkansas.
Students of the Bloom Institute of Technology have filed a class action lawsuit against the school. They say the coding bootcamp, formerly known as Lambda School, advertised false job placement rates. While students have previously taken legal action against BloomTech, this is the first class action lawsuit against it. Former BloomTech students said that the school fell short of its promise with under-qualified instructors and an incomplete curriculum, Insider first reported. Leaked documents also showed that BloomTech's job placement rates were much lower than advertised, Insider previously reported.
When it comes to queer books, the loudest headlines may be about bans and censorship, but a quieter truth about the state of LGBTQ books reveals the resilience of their authors and commitment of their readers. The queer titles debuting in 2023 are as full of joy as they are examples of resistance, and those in the industry say LGBTQ writers are only getting more ambitious. And while queer young adult books are often the target of book-banning efforts, these titles drove the highest gains in the category, the report found. When it comes to considering a queer future, and what’s next for queer books, that’s something that’s been on the mind of Suzi F. Garcia, the editor of Lambda Literary, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBTQ books and authors. She described the book as having a “queer core” and a sense of hope while discussing issues critical to LGBTQ and Black communities.
A Connecticut lawmaker died hours after being sworn in as state representative. Lawmakers mourned state Rep. Quentin "Q" Williams following the announcement of his death. The collision occurred around 12:45 a.m. local time just outside of Middletown, Connecticut, on Route 9 in a town called Cromwell. The 39-year-old lawmaker, state Rep. Quentin "Q" Williams of Middletown in the 100th District, a Democrat serving in the Connecticut General Assembly, had been sworn in on Wednesday. The Connecticut State Police and Williams' office did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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