In a viral Facebook post, activist mother of trans child, Jamie Bruesehoff, celebrated the insertion of puberty blocking implant.
Her trans daughter, Rebekah, 12, is a public figure with their own Facebook page.
The post congratulates Rebekah’s bravery for overcoming a fear of needles and medical professionals.
Jamie also praises the professionalism of the doctors involved.
Jamie retells in her post, “today, Rebekah had her second surgical procedure to place a hormone blocking implant in her arm to prevent her from progressing farther into puberty. This is one example of what medically appropriate, medically necessary, life-affirming, and often literally life-saving treatment looks like for a transgender child.
“This was a replacement implant, as she first had this procedure two years ago. The first picture is her two years ago, and the second is today.
“That is the face of a girl terrified of hospitals and needles, but more terrified of having to live life as someone she is not. That is the face of a girl feeling on top of the world, knowing her body won’t betray her and she’s one step closer to the woman she will grow up to be.”
Jamie then goes on to explain how the costs were covered: “and I’m extra thankful and proud to say that the insurance covering this procedure for my transgender daughter is provided to my husband through his employer… the church.”
Jamie finishes the post by condemning GOP lawmakers for their opposition to ‘gender affirming’ treatment of children.
One Georgia lawmaker wishes to make child gender transitions into a felony.
On the homepage of her website is a brief description of who she is and what she does:
Jamie Bruesehoff (she/her) is an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate. She is an openly queer woman married to a Lutheran pastor and mom to three spirited children, including a twelve year old transgender daughter. She is passionate about sharing her family’s story, because she believes our stories are bridges to understanding, compassion, and celebration.
Jamie writes and speaks about LGBTQ identities, policies and practices, advocacy, anti-bullying, parenting and faith. Jamie strives to live and lead with love, grace, and courage.
Rebekah has enjoyed considerable exposure for their activism.
On Jamie’s website, Rebekah’s activity is distilled in the following passage:
Rebekah is a twelve year old transgender activist, spreading her message of hope for trans and LGBTQ youth internationally through public speaking, television appearances, and social media. She’s testified before the NJ state legislature, spoken at rallies in NY and NJ, and this past summer shared her hopes for the church with 31,000 youth and adults at the Lutheran Youth Gathering in Houston, TX.
She’s been featured by Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, The Advocate Magazine, LGBTQ Nation, British Vogue, and the Human Rights Campaign for her advocacy. She’s appeared on Good Morning Britain and Good Day Philadelphia, received awards for activism and public speaking, and gone viral with videos and images inspiring people of all ages and identities to show up fully as themselves and dare to make the world a better place. She loves rainbows, unicorns, dance, theater, cooking shows and field hockey.
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