Jamie Bruesehoff and her husband are the proud parents of three children, including one child who is transgender. Their daughter Rebekah is a transgender girl, meaning she was assigned male at birth but expressed from a young age that she is female, and so she transitioned to live as the girl she has long known herself to be. Jamie’s husband, Rev. Christopher Bruesehoff, is a Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and in 2016 he was one of nearly 2,000 faith leaders to sign an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting basic dignity for all transgender students. Jamie herself is an active advocate for her child, speaking out whenever possible about the need for dignity, equality, and critical protections from discrimination.
“As a clergy family, we have lived out this journey publicly in our church and our community where Rebekah has been welcomed with open arms,” Jamie said. “We may not entirely understand the science around why people are born transgender or even what it all means for our daughter’s future, but we know that God created each and every one of us in God’s own image. God does not love our daughter in spite of her gender identity. God did not put her in the wrong body. This is who she has always been, who God created her to be, and like I’ve heard from so many who want to dispute transgender identities, God doesn’t make mistakes.”