The wife of a pastor wants it to be 100% clear that she supports her trans child completely through her journey.
Jamie Bruesehoff, a lifelong Lutheran, has three children with her husband. The eldest, Rebekah, is a 10-year-old trans girl who she unwaveringly refers to as “a beloved child of God.” Jamie describes her daughter as “an excellent student with a deep love of learning. She is adored by classmates and teachers. She’s just as happy mountain biking and swimming in waterfalls and as she is twirling in fancy dresses and performing on stage. She is strong and determined.”
“We watched as she became increasingly uncomfortable in her own body and confused about her place in the world. We watched as depression took over, and before we knew it, we had a seven-year-old child in crisis. We had a seven-year-old child who pushed out the screen of her second story window and tried to jump out, a seven-year-old child who wanted to die. We have never been more scared in our lives,” she writes in a post on Medium.
The family took their child to a child psychologist, until everyone came to the determination that their son she wasn’t really a boy. Bruesehoff continues: “She was a girl. At eight years old, we changed her name and pronouns and she began living as herself in the world. She immediately transformed into a confident, joyful child whose smile lights up an entire room.”
“My husband is a Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” she adds. “As a clergy family, we have lived out this journey publicly in our church and our community where Rebekah has been welcomed with open arms. We may not entirely understand the science around why people are born transgender or even what it all means for our daughter’s future, but we know that God created each and every one of us in God’s own image. God does not love our daughter in spite of her gender identity. God did not put her in the wrong body. This is who she has always been, who God created her to be, and like I’ve heard from so many who want to dispute transgender identities, God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Rebekah recently marched in favor of trans rights. She had the coolest sign.
Jamie believes that, unfortunately, her family is in the minority.
“My kid is lucky. She has the support she needs. She fits in society’s box as a girl. Not every other child is so lucky. We have to constantly be fighting for those who are most vulnerable, those who don’t fit society’s expectations for a girl or a boy and those whose skin color, religion, or immigration status put them at even greater risk.”
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