Episode 141: Loud, Bold, & Joyful with Jamie Bruesehoff

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On Episode 141 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie sit down with Jamie Bruesehoff, a fierce Mama Bear ally and advocate of transgender people. Jamie shares her beautiful story of raising three children, the oldest of whom is a strong and precocious transgirl. She is unabashedly honest about her journey and her advocacy and graciously educates listeners on how to be supportive to the marginalized throughout the globe. The conversation tackles many aspects of being transgender in the United States and is tender, honest, and full of hope. Tesi and Leslie hang on Jamie's every last word as she generously unpacks what it's like to mother a transgender child, explores the ways in which we all might struggle and thrive when our expectations are not met, talks about current state and national laws protecting those in the LGBTQIA community, and opens up about her Christian response our country's much-obsessed over social issues.

Also discussed on this episode:

  • Tempering our maternal expectations and letting our children lead the way
  • Bringing Mama Bear to life and turning her rage to action
  • Definition of gender and sexuality
  • Legal protection for transgender people in the United States
  • Degrees of privilege among the marginalized
  • Humility and grace in advocacy

Love Jamie and want more? Here's where you'll find her:

Website | Twitter | Insta | Facebook

HELPFUL LINKS FROM JAMIE:

BOOKS

Pictures Books:
Red: A Crayon's Story By Michael Hall
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
It's Okay to Sparkle by Avery Jackson
When Kayla Was Kyle by Amy Fabrikant
Annie's Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids

Middle Grades Fiction:
George by Alex Gino
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
The Other Boy by M. Hennessey

Young Adult:
Magnus Chase and the Gods Of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Being Jazz: by Jazz Jennings
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Some Assembly Required: The Not So Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by: Arin Andrews

Adults:
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron
Raising Ryland: Our Journey of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached by Hillary Whittington
The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
The Conscious Parent's Guide to Gender Identity: A Mindful Approach to Embracing Your Child's Authentic Self by Darlene Tando
The Transgender Child or The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill

ORGANIZATIONS

National Center for Transgender Equality is for mama bears interested in staying in the loop advocacy-wise. Their website and social media is a great place to stay connected. They have state by state information available on their website as well. https://transequality.org/

Also, for specifically school related stuff, GLSEN is an incredible resource. They have local chapters and the national organization. They put out really helpful documents and lesson plans for educators, parents, and beyond. www.glsen.org

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