Non-binary teen Nex Benedict’s death leaves President Joe Biden ‘heartbroken’

President Joe Biden expressed deep sadness on Thursday following the tragic passing of 16-year-old nonbinary student Nex Benedict. He emphasized the urgent need to address discrimination and the alarming rates of suicide among nonbinary and transgender children.

President Biden expressed his deep sorrow over the tragic passing of Nex Benedict. In a heartfelt statement, he emphasized the importance of every young person’s right to be true to themselves and live freely. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are devastated by this loss.

According to Biden, nonbinary and transgender individuals are among the most courageous Americans he knows. However, he believes that no one should have to be brave just to be their authentic selves. In honor of Nex, Biden urges everyone to renew their commitment to eliminating discrimination and addressing the alarming suicide rates affecting numerous nonbinary and transgender children.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s office has officially determined that Nex’s death was a result of a deliberate overdose, classifying it as a suicide.

Nex passed away on February 8, just one day after engaging in a fight with three girls who were accused of bullying the teenager.


The teen was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries sustained in the struggle, but they were taken back to the hospital the next day and died. The Owasso, Oklahoma, Police Department decided that Nex’s injuries from the struggle were not the cause of death.

Nex’s tragic death captured the attention of the entire nation and ignited a wave of anger among those who believed that they had been targeted because of their LGBTQ identity.

Owasso Public Schools is currently being investigated by federal authorities for possible discrimination in connection with Nex’s death.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

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