Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 11th Birthday, Rebekah

It was a big year full of challenges and accomplishments. I wish you didn’t have to know that there are so many in this world who don’t want you to be yourself. I wish you didn’t have to watch as our country wages war on the LGBTQ community. I wish you didn’t have to be afraid -- for your acceptance, for your rights, for your safety. But you have proven this year, that you will rise to the challenge. You boldly and confidently joined others in fighting for your rights and the rights of the entire trans community. You spoke in front of hundreds at rallies. You told your story to legislators. You appeared on tv. You raised money. You helped educate your peers. You’ve inspired and supported others, young and old, on their journeys to their true selves. Your honest message of hope and resistance went viral over and over again. You lived defiantly as your authentic self every single day. You did it all and still made time to achieve academic honors, learn to play field hockey, face your fears mountain biking, and dance your heart out. I’m proud, awed, and absolutely exhausted just thinking about it all. You are so much more than your gender identity. You make us laugh. You are sarcastic, sassy and incorrigible. You frustrate the heck out of us. You surpass and sometimes entirely defy expectations. You feel everything with your whole body, and sometimes that’s really darn hard. You truly want to make the world a better place. You’ve done more in your eleven years than some do in a lifetime, and you show no sign of stopping. I wish you didn’t have to fight to be who you are. I wish I didn’t know the challenges that may lie ahead. But I am confident that you will change the world. You have certainly changed ours. When people ask me “how could a child so young possibly know who they are?”, I just have to laugh. I dare them to underestimate you. That’ll be fun. #youngactivist #transisbeautiful #thisiswhattranslookslike #transkids #changetheworld

11 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Rebekah. I pray that God will richly bless you this coming year!

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  2. This is so amazing! You're going to make me cry

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  3. I am so grateful to know there are parents like you out there who accept trans kids for who they are, and make it possible for them to have a happy life as the gender they identify as. I had a hard enough time as a lesbian without being born into a body I felt was the wrong one. Is there a way I can sign up to be notified of new posts?

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  4. Please take a moment to review "Emily's Virtual Rocket". (emilysvirtualrocket.blogspot.com) This has reviews of transgender life, plus a critical view of Donald Trump. Thanks.
    Sincerely,
    Emily Shorette

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  5. Hi. I just watched a video on Facebook about rebekah's story and I must say it is a shame that people have to go through things she did just to be herself. I am happy to see she pushed through and became a strong courageous vocal young lady she is today. At the end of that video you read a comment that said that you forced this on rebekah just to get in the spotlight to those people and the people that wanna know how a person so young can make a decision so big just remember for most transgender and gay people this is not a choice they wake up one morning and make its something inside them they was born with that tells them hey this is who you are no different than the stuff inside every straight person that tells them hey your this sex and your attracted to the opposite sex. Well I just wanna say thank you rebekah for standing up and standing out and being the true you. And think you mom and dad for being supportive. God bless you all.

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  6. I just watched your video on Facebook. I think it is so wonderful how you support your child in her journey to become the person she was meant to be! I just have one question, how was the name Rebekah chosen? Did you and your husband decide, or was it a family conversation, or did she choose it herself? My daughter is almost 3. My husband and I try very hard not to push any kind of gender norms or rolls on her. She likes things that're considered more feminine and things that're considered more masculine. She likes to dance and sing and she likes to fix with her tools, she likes my little pony and batman, she likes to wear dresses or tshirts with trucks on them. I want her to discover who she is for herself and never to feel as though she has to conform to some idea of who I think she should be. I've often thought about what it would be like to have a transgender child, and I know I would support them in every way I could, but the one thing I get hung up on is her name. I love her name. I had this name picked out for my daughter since I was a child. And I loved giving her the name. I have friends who are trans but they identified as teens and haven't been supported by their parents so they chose their own name. I feel like I would want to choose the new name for my child, since I'm the parent and I got to name them in the first place, but I don't know if it would effect their identity as their new self?

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    1. We decided on her name together. We gave her the names we had considered before we thought we "knew" she was a boy, and she picked the one she loved. We love it, too. Her middle name is a name we've always loved and is also my late grandmother's name, a strong women who didn't let anyone mess with her. We thought that was fitting.

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  7. Happy Birthday Rebekah:) One of my mates shared a video of yours for trans life. I just wanted to reach out and say I love your hair then and the new picture of you above. I'm a trans man. I didn't come out until I was 17, 21 now. Reading your mother's post above, I can not believe all that you have accomplished. You go girl! Thank you Jamie, for being a wonderful mother. I hope all five of you have a wonderful year and that you just keep being awesome:)

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  8. Happy birthday to a positive world-changing young lady. You rock, & so does your whole family. Keep being the voice the world needs for as long as it feels its in you to give. You make compassionate people proud.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your story today in Houston. What a journey you've been in, and kudos to you for standing with you daughter!

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