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What Owasso police, school have said about Nex Benedict’s death

Owasso police shared a new statement with The Advocate about Nex's death and media reports about what happened.

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Oklahoma High School’s atmosphere of bullying exposed in wake of Nex Benedict’s death

Former and current students complain that they are subjected to bullying with little to no intervention by Owasso school officials.

Libs of TikTok, other right-wingers lose it after X reinstates bans on misgendering, deadnaming trans people

Advocacy groups say the quiet policy change and weak enforcement mechanisms leave a lot to be desired for the safety of users on the platform formerly called Twitter.

Texas A&M's LGBTQ Studies minor and 4-H club targeted by Republican lawmakers

Republican politicians are targeting the school’s LGBTQ Studies minor and other programs over the inclusion of queer and Black perspectives.

Oklahoma superintendent’s ties to anti-trans influencer spark outrage in wake of Nex Benedict’s death

Ryan Walters faces intense scrutiny for his association with controversial figures and policies following the tragic death of the LGBTQ+ student, including connections to an influencer who told his daughters to attack trans students in bathrooms.

Angry donors convert outrage over Nex Benedict’s death into action giving to pro-LGBTQ+ candidates

A progressive fundraising platform that lets donors direct their funds toward political races with the most impact on LGBTQ+ issues has seen a boost after the teen's death in Oklahoma.

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.

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.

New kids’ book ‘Hooray for She, He, Ze, and They!’ explores gender euphoria amid LGBTQ+ book bans

Nonbinary author Lindz Amer’s new children’s picture book champions diverse representation and free expression. The Advocate spoke to them about their motivation for writing it.

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.

Matteo Lane on mastering the comedic journey with authenticity and laughter as a gay entertainer (exclusive)

Tracing his path from opera singer to celebrated comic, the Chicago native reflects on fifteen years of connecting with audiences as a queer person, his marriage, and “not politics” in an interview with The Advocate.

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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DOJ sues Tennessee over HIV-related discrimination in anti-sex work law

The Justice Department says that the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Virginia sued over Glenn Youngkin’s anti-transgender student policies

The ACLU filed two legal actions against the Republican governor’s education department.

Reporter asks Ron DeSantis why he can affirm his height with lifts, but stands against gender-affirming care

A reporter asked the governor about the hypocrisy of his stance against gender-identity and access to gender-affirming care when he chooses to present himself as taller than he is.

Far-right extremists manipulated and deceived queer folks to create anti-transgender film: report

Uncovering how The War on Children filmmakers Robby and Landon Starbuck used manipulation and misinformation to target the LGBTQ+ community.

Tennessee Republicans pass bill allowing marriage discrimination toward same-sex couples

Despite marriage equality being the law of the land with significant support, the GOP continues to try to legislate LGBTQ+ people out of society.

Libs of TikTok loses it after Kansas university participates in ‘Glitter Ash Wednesday’ event

Fort Hays State University’s LGBTQ+ inclusive Ash Wednesday event draws attention and backlash, highlighting the tension between religious observance and the push for inclusivity.

Duolingo faces investigation in Russia over LGBTQ+ content

Russia’s media watchdog scrutinized the language app for alleged ‘LGBT propaganda.’ Really.