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Rebekah Bruesehoff      

Transgender & LGBTQ+ Activist

Rebekah Bruesehoff (she/her) is an activist who is on a mission to spread a message of hope and improve support for transgender and LGBTQ youth. She is transgender.

After an intense period of anxiety and depression, Bruesehoff was able to articulate her gender identity, and with the support of her family and medical professionals, she socially transitioned at 8 years old. She changed her name and pronouns to go out into the world as herself. Her family members have been her fiercest advocates. Her mom, Jamie, is a writer and speaker who, from the beginning, shared her experience raising Bruesehoff, a child who at first they identified as gender non-conforming. When she transitioned, Jamie worked to educate their friends and family, her school, their church, and the larger community. Her dad, Christopher, is a Lutheran pastor.

Bruesehoff stumbled into public advocacy in 2017 when she agreed to speak with her mom at a rally in Jersey City, New Jersey after the Trump administration rescinded the guidelines for transgender students. She told the crowd of 200 people that transgender kids like her deserve support and access to safe schools, but her impact ended up being much greater when a picture her mom posted of Bruesehoff with a sign that said “I’m the scary transgender person the media warned you about” went viral.

Since then, she has done various advocacy efforts. She works closely with Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s largest LGBT organization, and has spoken with her mom in front of more than 31,000 high school youth and their adult leaders at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas as the first openly trans speaker. She has testified before the state legislature in support of a bill that would require schools in New Jersey to include the accomplishments and contributions of LGBTQ people in what is taught across all disciplines, which was passed by the Senate and Assembly in 2018, and the governor signed it into law in 2019 and will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. She also published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bruesehoff continues to spread a message of hope for transgender and LGBTQ youth internationally through public speaking, media appearances, and her own social media platform. She loves to connect with and support other LGBTQ young people by hosting meet-ups or speaking at their schools. Together with her mom, she advocates on a local, state, and federal level for policy that protects and supports LGBTQ+ people, she educates all kinds of people about what it means to be transgender, what transgender kids need, and she inspires people of all ages and identities to show up more fully as themselves.

Rebekah is honored and excited to be one of the newest heroes in the Marvel Universe as a part of Marvel’s Hero Project, a series launched on Disney+. The series follows young heroes who are making remarkable and positive change across communities by dedicating their lives in selfless acts of bravery and kindness. She thinks all transgender kids are heroes, and she’s really excited to get to represent them in the Marvel Universe.

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