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New Biden administration Title IX rule protects transgender students’ bathroom & pronoun use at school

The updated rules enhance protections against discrimination based on sex, including for LGBTQ+ students, but leave the issue of transgender athletes’ participation in sports for further review.

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.

How I navigated through religious trauma

I've spent years grappling with the impact of religion on my identity. How I found solace in nature's splendor as my ultimate spiritual path.

Transgender Day of Visibility is the day to elevate the voices of the marginalized (exclusive)

As the world pauses to acknowledge Transgender Day of Visibility, it’s important to understand that representation matters.

Outrage after Oklahoma education superintendent reframes Nex Benedict’s death without naming the teen

Ryan Walters, the far-right politician responsible for schools in the state, spoke about “woke mobs” and claimed conservatives were under attack.

Nex Benedict's autopsy report released

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

First Lady goes to bat for LGBTQ+ rights: 'They want to take our victories away, but we won’t let them'

Amidst a backdrop of protest and advocacy, Dr. Jill Biden highlights the ongoing battle for LGBTQ+ rights and remembers LGBTQ+ teen Nex Benedict.

Outrage after Oklahoma prosecutor declines charges in Nex Benedict bullying death

Adocates and community members are outraged that Stephen Kunzweiler, the Tulsa County district attorney, has decided not to pursue criminal charges in the death of the transgender teen.

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."

If Nex Benedict's autopsy is part of a cover-up, Oklahoma officials are playing a dangerous game

Oklahoma officials have treated Nex's death as 'less than,' and if they are hiding behind suicide to protect Nex's assailants, they are putting the lives of other queer youth at risk in more ways than one.

Chasten Buttigieg takes on anti-trans bullies during Michigan State University lecture

The educator and father advocated for transgender kids like Nex Benedict to be able to go to school without being bullied.

A bridge, a split rail fence, a high school bathroom, and skin all raw

Jane Clementi and Judy Shepard talk about the pain of losing an LGBTQ+ child in the wake of Nex Benedict’s tragic death

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..

President Biden addresses LGBTQ+ youth ‘suicide crisis’ in statement on Nex Benedict

President Joe Biden issued called attention to the teenager’s death and called for an end to bullying.

'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.

In GOP-led states with anti-LGBTQ+ laws, school hate crimes quadruple: report

A recent analysis highlights the rise in incidents and the critical role of crisis services for LGBTQ+ youth in the wake of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Nex Benedict’s tragic death further proves that Oklahoma is not OK

One activist spent time in the area following the tragedy, and while the local LGBTQ+ community remains strong — so does its opposing forces.

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.