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Mourning Nex Benedict, 16-Year-Old Non-Binary Student Who Died After After Beating in Oklahoma High School

The National LGBTQ Task Force mourns the tragic loss of Nex Benedict (they/them), a 16-year-old who was brutally beaten by peers in the bathroom of an Oklahoma high school and died the day after.

Nex had a life full of many interests and hobbies, like many teens. They loved nature and enjoyed drawing and reading. They also liked watching The Walking Dead and played ARK and Minecraft, according to their obituary.

It’s heartbreaking to learn of another beautiful soul forcibly taken from us, especially one so young. No queer teen and their family should have to experience the pain and fear of violence. The harmful anti-LGBTQ rhetoric used by policymakers is directly fostering a culture of hate upon LGBTQ+ youth. Our community deserves to live long and fulfilling lives. Our children deserve to thrive and learn freely in our schools. We honor Nex with action by holding negligence and hatred accountable.

Cathy Renna, National LGBTQ Task Force Communications Director

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The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we have made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. Those barriers must go.

Cathy Renna, Communications Director, National LGBTQ Task Force, 917-757-6123, [email protected]