Transgender rights advocate, Henry Berg-Brousseau’s story spire the many oppositions to trans-restrictive legislation in Kentucky.
A Transgender Rights Advocate Death
Henry Berg-Brousseau is a Trans rights activist who fought to oppose anti-transgender legislation in his home state of Kentucky before going on to work with the Human Rights Campaign, died Friday at the age of 24.
His mother, Kentucky Democratic state Sen. Karen Berg, said Berg-Brousseau died by suicide, and he spent his life “working to extend grace, compassion, and understanding to everyone, but especially to the vulnerable and marginalized.”
Being Trans “this grace, compassion, and understanding were not always reciprocated to him.” The state senator criticized the elected officials who deliberately worked to exclude her son because of who Berg-Brousseau was.
In a news from TheGuardian, he was born in Louisville, Kent and Berg-Brousseau has since been an advocate for the rights of transgender. Berg said Berg-Brousseau had dealing with anxiety and mental illness, not due to his identity but to people who have found it difficult to accept the trans. Furthermore, Berg-Brousseau went on to two majors at George Washington University in political science and history and minored in Jewish Studies.
In his advocacy with the Human Rights Campaign, Berg said her son was acutely aware of the hateful rhetoric rising against transgender people in the country, adding that he saw that hate firsthand directed at his job. She said that in one of the last conversations she would have with her son he told her that he was concerned if he would be safe walking outside.
Berg-Brousseau is survived by his mother, his father, and his sister, along with other family members however after a long battle Henry lost it by ending his life.
Kelley Robinson, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement Losing Henry is a great loss for the Human Rights Campaign family.