Nex Benedict’s death sparks calls against anti-LGBTQ bullying nationwide

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02/23/2024

Vice President Kamala Harris and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre are the latest figures to speak out regarding the death of Nex Benedict, a nonbinary 16-year-old who died one day after a physical altercation with several other students at their Owasso, Oklahoma, school. “My heart goes out to Nex Benedict’s family, friends, and their entire community,” said Harris. “To the LGBTQI+ youth who are hurting and are afraid right now: President Joe Biden and I see you, we stand with you, and you are not alone.” Jean-Pierre, the first openly gay White House press secretary, addressed the tragedy at the start of the Friday White House briefing.

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