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A trans girl was assaulted at a Minnesota high school. Her family is demanding justice (exclusive)

The mother of a transgender girl who was viciously attacked at Hopkins High School in Minnesota tells The Advocate about the response from both the school and local community.

Transgender girl gets booed by crowd and bullied after winning track race at Oregon state championship

Anti-trans spectators booed as the sophomore crossed the finish line in the 200-meter race first, then later as she received her gold medal.

Texas sees jump in reported ant-LGBTQ+ hate crime incidents as Republican lawmakers push homophobic bills

The surge in hate coincides with a record number of bills targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the Lone Star state.

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws lead to 'public health crisis' with higher suicide rates among queer youth

Ninety percent of LGBTQ+ youth said their well-being has been negatively impacted by recent politics, according to a new survey from The Trevor Project.

Parent arrested as Ryan Walters called 'bully and bigot' at Oklahoma meeting

The Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction has enraged many with his anti-LGBTQ+ stances.

After a Pennsylvania school board canceled a gay actor's talk, the community fought back

Maulik Pancholy was scheduled to speak at a middle school about his experiences with bullying, until the school board suddenly canceled the event.

John Fetterman challenges Pa. school board’s cancellation of talk by gay actor

The Democratic U.S. senator criticized the Cumberland Valley School District for nixing Maulik Pancholy’s anti-bullying presentation, urging a reversal on what he deems a wrongful cancellation.

'Parents' Rights' movements forget families have the right to read LGBTQ+ books

As book bans targeting LGBTQ+ and diverse communities rise in the United States, there is an urgent call for advocacy to keep books that promote understanding, empathy, and self-acceptance accessible.

An Owasso High School graduate is exposing anti-LGBTQ+ bullying after Nex Benedict's death

In the wake of transgender Indigenous teen Nex Benedict's death, a graduate of Owasso High School is accusing the administration of failing to prevent bullying.

Democrats introduce resolution in support of LGBTQ+ youth

The resolution demands "equal educational opportunity, basic civil rights protections, and freedom from erasure."

Nex Benedict's autopsy report released

The long-awaited report about the death of the LGBTQ+ Oklahoma teenager was released Wednesday.

District attorney won't bring charges in Nex Benedict's death, calls fight 'mutual combat'

The Tulsa County DA pointed to the state medical examiner's finding of suicide and said the fight the day before the trans student's death "was an instance of mutual combat."

Toxicology experts say death from medications in Nex Benedict case ‘very, very uncommon’

Following the announcement that the teenager’s death was suicide through the combined toxicity of two common medications, The Advocate spoke with experts about the risks of these drugs.

A new bill would enhance LGBTQ+ youth mental health services

The Pride in Mental Health Act, introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Laphonza Butler and Tina Smith, comes at a time of crisis for LGBTQ+ young people..

'Death by bullying' — teen’s suicide finding elicits anger and sadness among Oklahoma’s LGBTQ+ community

In the wake of the medical examiner's report, queer Oklahomans have called out the bullying Nex Benedict endured. “Even if it is a suicide, it’s still by bullying,” one person said.

Nex Benedict died by suicide, says Oklahoma medical examiner

The coroner’s report indicates that Benedict died from a toxic mix of diphenhydramine and fluoxetine.

Owasso schools failed to protect Nex Benedict, say speakers at board meeting

The school board came in for a torrent of criticism at its first meeting since the trans student's death.

Oklahomans to Libs of TikTok's Chaya Raichik: 'Stay out of our state'

Parents and organizations have released an open letter to the hate-spreader ahead of her potential Oklahoma visit.

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.