Huffington post Queer Voices has an article by James Michael Nichols, 10 Year Old Busts Myth About Trans People With Powerful Sign, that brought both tear of joy and tears of sadness to our eyes. How proud we are of Rebeka. What an inspiring young leader. With young folks like Rebeka standing tall there is so much hope so much beautiful hope. Here is a photo from the article of Rebeka and her sign.
Mr. Nichols begins his article this way:
“A brave transgender 10-year-old girl named Rebekah spoke at a rally last weekend in support of transgender students and their right to be protected from discrimination in the public school system.”
Rebka’s mother Jamie Bruesehoff, what a wonderful mom said, and again we quote from Mr. Nichols :
“Transgender youth are at incredibly high risk for depression, anxiety, and even suicide,” Bruesehoff continued. “It’s not because there is something wrong with them; it’s because something is wrong our society. The research shows one key thing changes those statistics: support. It is very clear that students who are supported in their homes, their schools, and their communities have a very different experience than those who are not. Every child deserves to safely, and with dignity, access an education. Transgender rights are human rights.”
“My kid is lucky. She has the support she needs,” Bruseshof continued. “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. We must keep striving to lift up the voices of those most vulnerable! Their voices are beautiful and bold and need to be heard!”
We Thank Mr. Nichols for this article.
A very big hug and thank you to Mrs. Bruesehoff.
To Rebeka we say, keeping on trucking girl. Us old Queer folks at this blog love you dearly.