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Karine Jean-Pierre ‘absolutely heartbroken’ over Oklahoma teen Nex Benedict’s death

Author: Christopher Wiggins

The ongoing conversation around anti-LGBTQ+ policies and sentiments around the country in the wake of the sudden death of a bullied queer teenager in Oklahoma has reached the powerful corners of Washington, D.C. Benedict tragically lost their life one day following an assault in a school bathroom by three classmates on February 7, a violent event that has since ignited a nationwide debate on the treatment of transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-expansive students within educational settings. The Owasso Police Department’s preliminary statement that Benedict “did not die as a result of trauma” has only intensified the demand for a thorough and transparent investigation into the events leading to their death, particularly given that the office of the state medical examiner has indicated that it doesn’t comment on cases until reports are complete. The police department didn’t reveal any further information about Benedict’s cause or manner of death.

The aftermath of this tragedy has seen a marked sharp increase in outreach to organizations like the Rainbow Youth Project, which provides crisis counseling to troubled young people.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned that someone you know may be, resources are available to help. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 is for people of all ages and identities. Trans Lifeline, designed for transgender or gender-nonconforming people, can be reached at (877) 565-8860. The lifeline also provides resources to help with other crises, such as domestic violence situations. The Trevor Project Lifeline, for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger), can be reached at (866) 488-7386. Users can also access chat services at TheTrevorProject.org/Help or text START to 678678.

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Author: Christopher Wiggins

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