She may be just thirteen-years-old, but trans activist, Rebekah Bruesehoff, has achieved a lot already...
And in her latest message, Rebekah wants to remind people that her gender isn't her whole personality...
As she says her gender is "the least exciting thing" about her.
Scroll on to find out more about her incredible story.
Now, let's start with the facts.
What exactly is gender dysphoria?
Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's sex and the gender with which he, she, or they identify with.
People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn't their own.
It is more commonly known as being "transgender."
People who are transgender more than often realize that they are from a very young age.
Children are able to experience gender dysphoria.
And this is when the majority of trans people realize this conflict.
It is a heartbreaking reality that many trans children face rejection from their families.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, studies have shown that familial rejection can lead to the LGBTQ+ youth engaging in behaviors and activities that endanger their health.
It can trigger depression and other mental health issues.
And, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.
Family support is one of the most important things for a child coming out as trans.
Child welfare expert, Caitlin Ryan, stated that “family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status," for LGBTQ+ youth.
"It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors."
"Issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk."
Coming out as transgender and beginning the transition will never be easy...
Despite this being what a person desires, the first few steps into transition are never easy, especially for a child.
Enduring taunting in the school corridors from their peers who are too uninformed to understand the situation is a sad reality for many trans children.
But there are signs of progress ...
Thankfully, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever today.
Families around the world are now more accepting than ever...
But that doesn't mean the fight is over...
As trans activist, Rebekah Bruesehoff, knows all to well.
Rebekah Bruesehoff is a thirteen-year-old trans activist, advocate, and public speaker who has already accomplished so much at such a young age.
Already, she has testified at the New Jersey state legislature about the importance of letting trans individuals change the sex on their birth certificate and been selected for Marvel's Hero Project for Disney+, which highlights kids who are changing the world.
But she isn't stopping there...
Rebekah spoke with PopSugar recently where she discussed all things from what it's like to be a transgender youth in 2020...
To what she's doing to fight for equal rights.
Talking about her experience, she said: "When I was born, everyone thought I was a boy, but I just knew that I was a girl. I always felt different."
"When I was around 7 or 8 years old, I had anxiety and depression, which didn't seem normal for a kid my age. I worked with my mom and a gender therapist and we learned that I might be trans. Once I heard the word 'transgender' and knew what it meant, it just clicked in my head. I was like, 'This is who I am,' and things connected."
But despite her gender being a huge part of her life...
Rebekah wants to teach others that it's not the only part.
"I can teach people that trans kids are just like other kids, and that it's not all about my gender," she said.
"I often say that my gender is the least exciting thing about me — I have a bunch of other things that I do, things that I love."
What an incredible role model!
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