Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • I'm the scary transgender person the media warned you about.

  • I'm Rebekah.

  • My name is Jamie Bruesehoff,

  • and I'm married, we have three children: they're 10, 8 and almost 3 years old. So,

  • I write a blog called 'I'm totally that mom'. In the past few years, my blog has

  • really become more focused on our journey with a transgender child. So, Rebekah has

  • always been gender non-conforming. As young as two or three, she gravitated to typically

  • feminine things. She loved pink and sparkles and all things girly and that was fine with us.

  • This is a soft blanket that I have,

  • and it says Benjamin on it. So, we put it with my Benjamin box.

  • As her gender non-conformity

  • intensified, we started to notice some distress around things like being grouped with boys

  • at school or in activities. So, by the time she was seven, all of this kind of hit a crises

  • point and her anxiety was crippling, and her depression was becoming life threatening,

  • and we were at a loss.

  • There is a picture of me. I don't look so happy.

  • We were faced with a 7-year-old kid, who wanted to die.

  • One time she punched out the screen in her second story window

  • and tried to jump out.

  • The hardest part of all this was

  • when I didn't transition and I was not happy and it didn't feel right.

  • So, we sought the support

  • of a gender specialist and so through conversations there, Rebekah came to tell us, 'No, this

  • is definitely me. I'm a girl. I'm a girl in my head, in my heart.'

  • I felt like I was a girl because

  • I liked the colour pink and I liked girls clothes and how they wear their hair and stuff.

  • At the time, it was the

  • happiest I'd ever seen her, frolicking through the girls section of the clothing store, picking

  • out clothes and seeing what she liked. She was just a different kid. It was like a cloud lifted.

  • It feels good to have like a sister instead of a brother,

  • since I already have a baby brother and I think a big brother

  • would just be too much for me.

  • When I see pictures of Ben, I just

  • think of it as part of my past and now I'm me.

  • When she told me I didn't believe

  • her. I was shocked. I was like: 'I don't believe you, that is not true'.

  • Rebekah really doesn't like thinking about the medical side of this.

  • She doesn't want to develop into a man.

  • So, medically transitioning involves a lot of different steps. And every transgender

  • person chooses their own adventure. For Rebekah, the first steps will be puberty blockers,

  • which will pause puberty and prevent her from going through male puberty and developing

  • secondary male characteristics like facial hair and a deeper voice and an Adam's apple

  • that are irreversible. The next step would be cross hormones. So, Rebekah is a natal

  • male and so she would take oestrogen to develop and go through female puberty. As far as surgery,

  • she hasn't indicated a desire for that, but that is a decision she gets to make down

  • the road anyway. That's not something she would do before she is 18.

  • I'm always worried about the reaction with Rebekah,

  • both in the community and the church, and the world.

  • I'm very worried about how the world's going to treat her, because I see lot of ugliness

  • in the world on a regular basis.

  • So, this is a picture I put up on my blog Facebook page

  • that went pretty crazy viral. It started out with some

  • really wonderful comments and lots of affirmation. But if I keep scrolling here, so I've got

  • this one: "This is embarrassing... first she is what? 10, I think I read K . At 10

  • she isn't mature enough to make this decision. This decision was forced on her by her parents.

  • This is a form of abuse not recognised. Parents forming their child into a social media spotlight

  • seeking their 15 minutes of fame. I do honour her courage to stand in front of people and

  • speak what she feels due to the forced dialogue of her parents. This whole transgender issue

  • is a mental illness. But it's "cool" because you have parents forcing their kids

  • into it.' We haven't had anyone in our community, in our families say that we're

  • pushing this onto her. We have had that through social media and through my blog and that

  • kind of thing, who go as far as to say this is child abuse, and we should have our children

  • taken away, and that we're sick, and we need mental help, and everything else. And

  • luckily, every major medical organisation says otherwise, and every medical professional

  • we've seen says otherwise, and so we feel pretty confident that we have the best resources

  • we can and we've supported her the best way we can and that we've gotten the support

  • we needed as parents.

  • Our hopes for Rebekah's future

  • are that she gets to be who she is, as boldly as she wants to be.

  • And that, you know, folks are going to accept her for who she is and I guess at some point

  • that being transgender is something that she can advocate for, but isn't going to be

  • a limit for her in terms of who she is and who she wants to be as an adult.

  • I want to make a difference in the

  • world by speaking out and spreading hopeful messages.

  • 'Hi, my name is Rebekah, I'm a transgender girl. I've been living as myself since I was 8 years old and now I'm 10.'

  • This is who I am. My friends don't

  • even believe me when I tell them that I'm transgender. I'm just a girl.

  • I want to send the message of 'you're not alone'

  • and 'you're safe' to other transgender kids.

I'm the scary transgender person the media warned you about.

Subtitles and vocabulary

Operation of videos Adjust the video here to display the subtitles

A2 US transgender puberty blog gender girl male

‘I’m The Scary Transgender Person The Media Warned You About’ | MY TRANS LIFE

  • 4746 575
    Lilian Chang posted on 2018/01/20
Video vocabulary