Biden mourns nonbinary teen who 'just wanted to be accepted'

March 15, 2024

US President Joe Biden said he was 'heartbroken' by the death of non-binary teen Nex Benedict (Brendan SMIALOWSKI)US President Joe Biden called for an end to discrimination Thursday after an autopsy found a nonbinary teenager died by suicide a day after clashing with three other students. The case of Nex Benedict, 16, from Oklahoma, had drawn widespread outrage and calls for change in the way trans and nonbinary people are treated. "Nex Benedict, a kid who just wanted to be accepted, should still be here with us today," Biden said in a statement, adding that he and First Lady Jill Biden were "heartbroken" by the teen's death on February 8. Democrat Biden called for work to end discrimination and to address the "suicide crisis impacting too many nonbinary and transgender children." The following day Nex Benedict fell ill at home, was rushed back to the hospital, and died.