Rebekah Bruesehoff, a 13-year-old trans activist who has been spreading phrases of affection and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood since she was 10, has already completed lots at such a younger age. As a public speaker and advocate, Rebekah has testified at the New Jersey state legislature about the significance of letting trans people change the intercourse on their beginning certificates, and was just lately chosen to be part of Marvel’s Hero Project for Disney+, which highlights children who’re altering the world. We had the alternative to talk with Rebekah about what it is wish to be a transgender youth in 2020, what she’s doing to combat for equal rights, and the way she stands as much as critics.
“When I was born, everyone thought I was a boy, but I just knew that I was a girl. I always felt different,” Rebekah instructed POPSUGAR. “When I was around 7 or 8 years old, I had anxiety and depression, which didn’t seem normal for a kid my age. I worked with my mom and a gender therapist and we learned that I might be trans. Once I heard the word ‘transgender’ and knew what it meant, it just clicked in my head. I was like, ‘This is who I am,’ and things connected.”
Regardless of being a constructive instance for different children who’re trans and people at the moment transitioning or pondering of doing so, Rebekah desires to remind those that her gender is not the solely aspect of her persona.
“It’s really important for me to share my story because a lot of kids like me don’t have support in their homes, communities, or churches,” Rebekah defined. “I want them to see people like me as role models and as a sign of hope. I can teach people that trans kids are just like other kids, and that it’s not all about my gender. I often say that my gender is the least exciting thing about me I have a bunch of other things that I do, things that I love.”
“Once I heard the word ‘transgender’ and knew what it meant, it just clicked in my head.”
Given her expertise in the public eye, Rebekah is sadly no stranger to criticism. Whereas it may definitely be scary to face as much as grown adults who push again towards her advocacy, she tries to take the vitriol in stride. “We do get a lot of hate, especially on social media,” Rebekah mentioned. “You just have to know that it’s going to be OK in the end. Not everyone’s going to agree with you, not everyone’s going to support you, but there’s going to be those spaces [and people] who really do support you. Once you find those spaces, you can fully embrace yourself and be who you want to be, who you were meant to be.”
Whereas Rebekah would love nothing greater than for all individuals to come back collectively in understanding, she is aware of that being a trailblazer means you won’t be capable to change everybody’s views. “My mom deals with the people who don’t understand,” she mentioned. “We try to educate them, but if they’re really just stuck in their ways and have no hope of changing, you just have to ignore them. Focus on the positive in each situation. Know that there are other people fighting for you and making your voice heard, and in the future, things will get better.”
Picture Supply: Jamie Bruesehoff