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How to Be a Girl

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How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two of us -- a single mom and a six-year-old "girl with a penis" -- as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.

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How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two of us -- a single mom and a six-year-old "girl with a penis" -- as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.

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By Erin.NewHabits - Sep 25 2019
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A wonderful and engaging resource for families of gender non-conforming children, Trans-allies and anyone open to learning more about an experience they may be unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with. Thank you Marlo Mack for putting yourself and your daughter’s journey out there!

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Marlo got nail after nail on the head. This is so important and hope filled.

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761 Ratings
Average Ratings
716
13
5
5
22

Please listen!

By Erin.NewHabits - Sep 25 2019
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A wonderful and engaging resource for families of gender non-conforming children, Trans-allies and anyone open to learning more about an experience they may be unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with. Thank you Marlo Mack for putting yourself and your daughter’s journey out there!

Awesome

By megsyAF - May 28 2019
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Marlo got nail after nail on the head. This is so important and hope filled.
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How to Be a Girl

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How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two of us -- a single mom and a six-year-old "girl with a penis" -- as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.

Rank #1: Episode III: How Old is Gender?

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Am I insane?  How can I be so sure that my young child is transgender?

Music credits: "Her Love Comes in Air" by soundZcapa, "Gato" by Rod Hamilton, "Kaikou" by Satori.

Jul 08 2014

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Rank #2: Episode XX: The Betrayal

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Of course I knew this was going to happen eventually.  But that didn't make it any easier when it did. 

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“Chicxuclub” and “Transient” by Podington Bear

“Undaunted” by Kevin MacLeod

“Dormir rien de plus” by Monplaisir

Apr 26 2018

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Rank #3: Episode IV: Tom Boy Trans Girl

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How girlie do you have to be to secure your spot in the girl club?  And what happens when your own mother questions your girl credentials? 

Bonus: The Origins of Acrobat Girl:


Music credits:  "Action" and "Eastern" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Xena: Warrior Princess - Main Title" by Joseph LoDuca.

Aug 24 2014

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Rank #4: Episode XIX: Red State Mama

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I thought I was pretty brave until I met my counterpart from a red state.

Music credits: "Telling Me So" and "Spring" (instrumental) by St. Paul de Vence  

Feb 22 2017

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Rank #5: Episode VII: THE FACTS (about transgender kids)

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When my "son" first started saying that "he" was actually a "she," I went looking for information. I wanted hard numbers.  I wanted data.  I wanted science to tell me to do. This is what I discovered. 

If you'd like to watch a condensed, 5-minute animated version of this episode, check this out:

Music credits: "Arboles" by Podington Bear; "Outside the Terminal" by Blue Dot Sessions; "March of the Mind," "Oppressive Gloom," and "Unseen Horrors" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); animation scored by
Jonathan Hirsch (www.arrvls.com).

Jun 30 2015

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Rank #6: Episode V: Looking for Love

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She's six years old and transgender.  I'm a single mom.  This is what happens when we both hit the dating scene and compare notes about it.

Music credits: "Night Owl" by Broke for Free, "Is This What Mama Meant" by Michaela Anne.

Nov 20 2014

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Rank #7: Episode XVI: How to Be a (Teen) Girl

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It’s still five years off, but I think about it all the time.  What’s it going to be like when my transgender daughter becomes a teenager?

Music credits:

Andy G Cohen, "Land_Legs" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

David Mumford, "Twinkle Twinkle Instrumental" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

Loch Lomond, "Elephants and Little Girls" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

Kevin Macleod, “J.S. Bach, Prelude in C” (licensed under CC BY 3.0)

Dec 21 2016

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Rank #8: Episode X: School (Part II)

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This is a continuation of Episode IX. It tells the rest of the story of what happened when my transgender daughter started second grade at a new school.

Music credits: "Light Thought Variation 2," "Thatched Villagers," and "Relaxing Piano Music" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven)" by Dr. Phibes and The Ten Plagues of Egypt,  "Bagatelle (Ludwig van Beethoven)" by Circus Marcus. 

THANK YOU to my generous supporters on Patreon.com

Nyssa, Nicholas Harrigan, Sebastian Riisgaard, Krystal, Andrea Sackett, Andy Moore, David, Dustin Andres, Myrna Bohan, Emily Savin, David Rosenthal, Jo-Hanna Read, Meghan O'Hara, Allison Mulcahy, Maraia Ener, Gil Rich, Hampus Jakobsson, Tammy, Sonali Bhagat, Debby Swayne, Clare Jones, Gene Gibson, Nathan Jones, and Brookie Judge.

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #9: Episode IX: School (Part I)

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This episode has been six months in the making, because that's how long it took for this story to play out. It's the story of my daughter entering second grade at a new school where we knew no one, almost no one knew her secret, and I had no idea how I was going to keep her safe.

Music credits: "Blackbird" and "Light Thought Variation 2" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Chiaroscuro" by Zé Trigueiros, and "Piano Symphony No. 1" by Miss M.

Thank you to my generous supporters on Patreon.com

Three cheers for Nicholas Harrigan, Sebastian Riisgaard, Krystal, Andrea Sackett, Andy Moore, David, Dustin Andres, and Mary Anne Sedney! 
 

Mar 09 2016

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Rank #10: Episode XV: Just Maybe

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She hasn't got a womb or ovaries but she wants to be a mommy.  How do I tell my young daughter that she won't ever be a biological mother? 

Music credits:

"Child Come Home" by Michael Howard (Licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0)

"Flagger" by Blue Dot Sessions (Licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0)

“That Old Harpoon” by Gillicuddy (Licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0)

Nov 30 2016

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Rank #11: Episode VI: The Interview

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This episode is a little different from the others I've made. It's mostly just my daughter talking, answering my questions about what it's like being a transgender six year old.  

Dec 25 2014

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Rank #12: Episode XIV: My Friend Lauren

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When I first realized I had a transgender child, Lauren reached out and told me it was going to be OK. Ever since, she's been the one I lean on when I'm terrified. She's the bravest woman I know. 

My friend, "Lauren," in 1979. 

Music credits:

“George Street Shuffle” and “In Your Arms” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com

“Evenhanded” by Podington Bear

“From here to Iceland" by Loch Lomond

“I Enjoy Being a Girl,” performed by Christine Jorgensen

"Mars Landscape: Moon Set” by Julie Maxwell (Source:  Free Music Archive, CC License)

Thank you to my new supporters on Patreon.comBrady Houck, Shaleece Haas, Rona So, Jennifer Zuber, Emily Hoff, Andrew Weisner, and Damiana Day. 

Nov 09 2016

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Rank #13: Episode XVIII: Big Sister

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I'm not transgender, but my daughter is. That means she needs someone to model the future who isn't me:  A transgender big sister. 

Music credits: 

“Dormir Rien de plus” by Monplaisir (public domain

Feb 01 2017

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Rank #14: Episode XII: How to Be a Dad

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When my husband and I split up four years ago, we agreed to share custody of our...."son." Four years later, we have a transgender daughter, and the crazy truth is that I've never really asked him how he feels about this.  So I did.  And this is what he said.  (I asked him a few other questions, too.)  

Music credits: “The Father’s Name” by  Gianluca Sgalambro

Thank you to my new supporters on Patreon.com:  Chris Wright, David Roswell, Laura Kivlen, Britt Tanner, Robyn Kanner, Nicole Villacres, Henry Richardson, Natasha Mooney, Spokane Trans* Map, Krystal Barrett-Jones, Remi Taylor, Michaela Friedman, Avery Shroeder, Ashley Page, Bergie and Brandon, Lindsey Wallace, Lily Krueger, Jonty Levine, Sam Calandra, Andreas Moesch, Genie Gratto, Michael Nessa

Sep 28 2016

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Rank #15: Episode XVII: The Window

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In 2013, Obama opened a window for transgender people when he made it easier to change the gender on your Social Security record. But with Trump coming into office, it looks like that window is about to close.  I hadn't been in much of a rush to change my 9-year-old transgender daughter's Social Security record, but I sure am now. 

MUSIC CREDITS:

“Dubakupado” by www.incompetech.com

“Homeless California” by Monplaisir (public domain

“King Thumbscrew The Third” by Doctor Turtle (CC-BY-NC 4.0

Jan 11 2017

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