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Feb 22Liked by Parker Molloy

The Nex Benedict tragedy has hit me especially hard, because they remind me SO MUCH of my own nonbinary teen, right down to their ages. These are just kids trying to live their lives, just like any other kid. Nex should still be here to play games and cuddle their cat and do all the things this sweet soul loved. I can't think about them without tearing up.

A few years ago my wife had a job offer that would have moved us to Texas, and our teen was just beginning to come out of the closet and explore their identity. A big reason why she turned it down is that we couldn't feel comfortable moving our kid to that environment, and I can't count the number of times since we have both thanked God we made that choice. Our kid is at least relatively safe and happy.

We need to do everything in our power to beat back these conservative bastards that are trying to ruin these already difficult lives. That means boring middle aged white men like me need to be more vocal and supportive. What happened to Nex is just evil, plain and simple, and there's a lot of people with their blood on their hands beyond just those bullies.

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I have no words. My broken heart goes out to all the precious ones targeted by this malicious and willful ignorance—or ignorant and willful malice. 💔

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Being a Red State, nothing will happen . The Authority is terrified of doing anything . If you want to kill someone, do it in a Red State - “It was an accident” .

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This is a really terrible story. The trans panic is having real impact on real people. The death of a child is a really terrible event and the girls who murdered Nex should be prosecuted for their actions.

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I find it deeply ironic, not to mention sad, that the whole bathroom panic is about a trans person doing something illicit in a bathroom they aren't "supposed" to be in.

Of course, the only concrete story we have about a trans person in a bathroom has that person getting beaten and ultimately killed.

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And of course, Nex was not trans, but non-binary, and was attacked in the bathroom allowed for those of their birth sex. But never let a fact or two stem the hate.

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By now, Matt Walsh and Chaya Raichik know that when they post their hate-messages, death threats against the target are the result. And yet they keep churnin' it out. Seems fair to conclude they want people dead. If they didn't want people dead, they wouldn't keep doing what they're doing.

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Internal reflection started in 1998 with the death of Matt Shepherd; brain flashed-back to 1984 with "Geoffery" (aka Joff) and how they never came back to school because some form of fight after appearing in pretty dress and makeup. "Are we the baddies?" meme and realized yes I had passively participated with whatever had happened to them (don't know gender ID, default to they/them). Am 57 and currently giving suggestions to a noob who wants to explore identity-options to try and find their own Self; but still have that nagging doubt, wondering if they're just trolling so they'll have a cool story to tell on the anti-/ex-/de- circuit about being "gr**med". Doubt is a more effective and devastating tool than a bullet or a bomb:/

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