Past roles: keynote speaker
Jamie Bruesehoff (she/her) is an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate. She is an openly queer woman married to a Lutheran pastor and mom to three spirited children, including a thirteen year old transgender daughter. She is passionate about sharing her family’s story, because she believes our stories are bridges to understanding, compassion, and celebration.
Jamie started writing as I am totally *that* mom eleven years ago as a way to not totally lose herself in the 24/7 chaos of parenting tiny humans. Over the years, she shared candidly about life, motherhood, self-care faith, depression, and more. She wanted other moms, parents, and families to know they weren’t alone and to empower them to show up better for themselves, their families, and their communities. This continues to be her hope and passion today.
Jamie’s oldest child is named Rebekah, a 13 year old girl with a big heart and a whole lot of sass. She also happens to be transgender. That means that when she was born, everyone thought she was a boy but she deeply knows herself to be a girl. Rebekah socially transitioned at 8 years old. Jamie works with her daughter Rebekah to spread a message of hope for LGBTQ+ people of all ages and to show the world that transgender are just like other kids. Their work has been featured by media outlets and organizations around the world, including but not limited to NPR, Good Morning America, Teen Vogue, British Vogue, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Good Day Philadelphia, and Good Morning Britain. Most recently, her family was featured in Episode 5 of Marvel’s Hero Project streaming in Disney Plus. Jamie’s journey parenting a transgender child and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community inspired her to claim her own identity. She came out as bisexual a few years ago, and she strives to speak openly working to combat bi-erasure and misconceptions about bisexuality.