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Oklahoma politician roasts Ryan Walters for Nex Benedict’s death to transphobic superintendent’s face

Sean Cummings said that the superintendent of public instruction and Chaya Raichik of Libs of TikTok are to blame for creating an environment in the state rife for bullying.

Rest in power, Nex Benedict: Tributes pour in for fallen LGBTQ+ teen

Despite the tragedy, Nex Benedict will be remembered as a talented artist who always brightened any room he was in.

Nex Benedict's death spurs student walkout at his Oklahoma high school over anti-LGBTQ+ bullying

While the protest aimed to shed a light on bullying against LGBTQ+ students, organizers also set out to let queer youth know they're not alone.

For the moms of Matthew Shepard and Tyler Clementi, the fight to protect LGBTQ+ youth isn’t finished

Schools, legislators and legislatures, churches, and the media are failing LGBTQ+ youth, the mothers say after the death of Nex Benedict in Oklahoma.

Nex Benedict honored by friends at vigil: 'He made everything easier'

Nex Benedict's friends and partner honored him during a vigil Sunday, while also confirming how the transgender teen identified.

Watch Libs of TikTok’s Chaya Raichik exposed in stunning, cringe-worthy interview

Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz allowed the right-wing extremist to show how little she knows about LGBTQ+ issues, even as she rallies people against queer people.

'It could have been me': At Oklahoma vigil for Nex Benedict, mourners call for action

The crowd roared as LGBTQ+ activists demanded the removal of State Superintendent of Schools Ryan Walters.

Watch alarming video of Nex Benedict explaining to police that they were bullied

The Owasso Police Department released a series of videos related to Nex Benedict’s death. One confirms that Nex was bullied.

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

Karine Jean-Pierre shone the White House’s spotlight onto the tragic death of a bullied nonbinary teenager in Oklahoma.

HRC president demands federal investigations into Nex Benedict’s death amid Oklahoma’s anti-LGBTQ+ climate

Kelley Robinson told The Advocate that as a parent, she would hope no other family would have to struggle with their child being bullied and then dying.

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Youth mental health crisis calls in Oklahoma skyrocket after Nex Benedict’s death

Trans and nonbinary youth in Oklahoma are suffering from the news of the death of a bullied high school sophomore.

Oklahoma police say bullied nonbinary teen Nex Benedict ‘did not die as a result of trauma’

Police officials assert that the teen's cause of death is unrelated to trauma but give no further details on what may have led to their death raising more questions than answers.

What we know about Oklahoma nonbinary teen Nex Benedict’s tragic death

A community is grappling with the death of an LGBTQ+ young person one day after they were beaten in a high school bathroom.

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Oklahoma transgender student dies after allegedly assaulted by students at school

There's an outcry in Oklahoma after the death of a transgender student that has sparked demands for answers.

‘Patriotism Not Pride’ bill banning Oklahoma from spending funds on Pride Month passes key vote

The proposed legislation would also ban the display of Pride flags by government agencies.

Oklahoma Republican falls for furry conspiracy, proposes bill unleashing animal control on students

An Oklahoma legislator’s new bill proposes a wild solution to a non-existent problem, calling for animal control to handle students pretending to be animals — which, again, isn't actually a thing.

Transgender boy takes Oklahoma officials to court in fight for gender identity

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters says he won’t play the “transgender game.” J. Doe just wants to be himself.

Watch Bernie Sanders Stop a Republican Senator From Fighting a Union Leader

Markwayne Mullin and Sean O'Brien nearly came to blows, but Sen. Bernie Sanders intervened. Yes, really.

Providing Gender-Affirming Care to Youth Is Now a Felony After Judge Rules Law Can Go Into Effect

The law had been on hold until the judge could decide whether to block it while a suit against it is heard.