Stamford Pride community holds vigil for nonbinary Oklahoma teenager who died day after school bathroom fight

Nex Benedict, was a 16-year-old student who identified as nonbinary and used they/them pronouns, according to their family.

Nicole Alarcon Soares

Mar 8, 2024, 4:12 AM

Updated 38 days ago

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Stamford Pride and supportive members of the Stamford community gathered on Thursday to honor Nex Benedict and to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ+ youth.
Nex Benedict, was a 16-year-old student who identified as nonbinary and used they/them pronouns, according to their family.
Benedict died Feb. 8, one day after a fight inside a girl’s bathroom at Owasso High School.
Prior to the teen’s death, the family said they were relentlessly bullied for months due to their gender identity.
The Stamford Pride community said Benedict's passing has acted as a conduit to direct outrage and grief.
“People in public settings, at bars, telling people that you’re a waste of a human being because you’re LGBTQ. It’s ridiculous, but things like that have been said and it’s terrible,” said Polly O’Brien Morrow, from the Stamford Pride & PFLAG.
The community said organizations across the nation are calling for change and protection for transgender and non-binary youth.
AP Wire Services contributed to this report.


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