Rebekah Bruesehoff and her parents Jamie and Reverend Christopher, who is a pastor in New Jersey, provided a lovely interview on Good Morning Britain. This interview was very enlightening in that it showed a Christian pastor accepting and loving his trans daughter — proof that religion and the LGBTQ+ community do not have to be at odds, as it most often is seen.
Rebekah told the audience: “I always felt different, and I never liked fitting in one box or the other box.”
“But it was about when I was eight when I learnt what the word transgender meant, and I started saying I was transgender.”
Rebekah’s father Christopher said that learning his daughter was trans wasn’t that difficult for them as parents to accept, especially when the family met with doctors and other experts.
“They were pretty clear that being trans, even at eight, was a perfectly legitimate thing, and something that if you wanted to support your kid, you wanted to learn about and accept,” Christopher said.
Jamie, Rebekah’s mother, added, “The statistics are pretty grim for trans kids who are not supported and living in their identity, and we didn’t want that for our child.”
And that’s why Rebekah does advocacy work for trans kids.
“When I do advocacy, the people who are trans and don’t have support from their families – their families get more of an idea about what being trans is. So their friends and families can be happier,” she said.
Jamie discussed how coming to terms with her identity and finding the language to do that helped Rebekah out a lot: “The difference we saw in her from a struggling boy trying to figure out where she fit to really knowing who she is was just incredible.”
“I mean, the light in her just exploded, and it has been a really joyful experience for not only us but for our community – family, friends and beyond.”
See the full interview below: