UNA-USA Pride Affinity Statement on Nex Benedict

We unequivocally condemn the acts of violence perpetrated against LGBTQ+ individuals, recognizing that these heartbreaking incidents call for our collective acknowledgment and an unwavering commitment to dismantling the prejudice and hatred that pose threats to the safety and well-being of our diverse and resilient community. Upholding the values championed by the United Nations Association-USA, we reassert our dedication to advancing inclusivity, human rights, and fostering a world where every individual, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can thrive without fear of discrimination or violence.

In honoring the life of Nex Benedict, we celebrate their individuality as a source of joy and love. Nex’s memory serves as a poignant reminder of our ongoing commitment to creating a world where gender identity is never a justification for violence and hatred. Let us collectively strive for an environment where every individual can shine, express themselves authentically, and be met with understanding and acceptance. By fostering a community that embraces diversity and vehemently rejects the shadows of discrimination, we honor Nex’s legacy.

Nex’s life was tragically cut short due to the hostile environment created by adults who prioritized propaganda and misinformation over their professional duty to safeguard the youth they were entrusted to protect. The alarming rise of stochastic terrorism further underscores the urgent need to address the intimidation and erasure faced by LGBTQ+ individuals.

It is our firm belief that LGBTQ+ individuals and gender diverse youth not only deserve to exist but thrive in a society that not only celebrates their identities but actively protects them from discrimination, harassment, and violence. Let us collectively work towards a future where love, understanding, and acceptance triumph over hatred and discrimination, creating a world that honors the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.