Sunday, February 25, 2024

Political Week In Review 2-25-2024


Oklahoma Republican calls LGBTQ people 'filth' when asked about death of nonbinary student

A state senator from eastern Oklahoma referred to LGBTQ people as "filth" when asked at a public forum on Friday about the death of Nex Benedict, a nonbinary high school student in the Tulsa area, reported Public Radio Tulsa.

Oklahoma state Sen. Tom Woods

Sen. Tom Woods said that his heart went out to Benedict's family, but that regarding LGBTQ identity generally, "We are a religious state. We are going to fight to keep that filth out of the state of Oklahoma, because we’re a Christian state. We’re a rural state. We want to lower taxes, and for people to live and work, and to go to the faith they choose."

Benedict, 16, died earlier this month one day after a fight in a high school bathroom. The circumstances of their death are still under investigation, and police are interviewing staff and students.

All of this comes amid a push in many Republican-controlled states, including Oklahoma, to remove affirmations of LGBTQ identity from public schools, in particular books that describe those life stories...

Now, Republicans are scrambling to put out the fire without admitting they’re they’re the ones who lit the match.

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