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How to Be a Girl
How to Be a Girl
Marlo Mack

How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two... more

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Episode XXXIII: How We Are Now

It's been over two years. I wanted to let you know how we are doing. Thank you for your patience.... more

25 Dec 2023 ·
The Medical Stuff

For years, people have asked me what I would do when my daughter hit puberty. Was I going to... more

06 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
Episode XXXI: M is for Middle School, Take Two

This episode is different from any of our previous episodes. It’s also a do-over, because the first... more

02 Nov 2020 ·
Episode XXX: Emma at last

I want you to meet my good friend, Emma. When she was a little girl, she was just like my... more

23 Sep 2019 ·
Episode XXIX: Eleven

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25 Jan 2019 ·
Episode XXVIII: The Tell

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31 Dec 2018 ·
Episode XXVII: Playdates with Christians

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29 Nov 2018 ·
Episode XXVI: Sarah McBride

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06 Nov 2018 ·
Episode XXV: To Tell or Not to Tell? (Advice from HTBAG listeners)

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30 Oct 2018 ·
Episode XXIV: Moving & Marrying, Part III - New School

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20 Aug 2018 ·
Episode XXIII: Moving & Marrying, Part II - Won't you be my neighbor?

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31 Jul 2018 ·
Episode XXII: Moving & Marrying, Part I - The Prince

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17 May 2018 ·
Episode XXI: Going First

In this episode, my daughter and I get to talk with two of our heroes.  Jazz Jennings is a reality... more

10 May 2018 ·
Episode XX: The Betrayal

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

26 Apr 2018 ·
We're back! Welcome to a new season!

After a pretty lengthy hiatus, we're back!  The first episode of the 2018 season comes out next week.  Here's a... more

19 Apr 2018 ·
We Shall Overcome

15 Jan 2018 ·
A little girl, a holiday, big news, and... a miracle!

This mini-episode contains: One VERY excited little girl awaiting Santa, news of the big changes coming to our lives, my... more

25 Dec 2017 ·
When it rains it pours

How can the best of times also be the worst of times? This spring nearly washed me away... but not quite.  ... more

06 Jul 2017 ·
Episode XIX: Red State Mama

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

22 Feb 2017 ·
A little update from Marlo

This tiny episode is mostly silly, and a little bit serious.  I also have some news.  Plus, cat videos. (KUOW is... more

18 Feb 2017 ·
Episode XVII: The Window

In 2013, Obama opened a window for transgender people when he made it easier to change the gender on your... more

11 Jan 2017 ·
Episode XVI: How to Be a (Teen) Girl

It’s still five years off, but I think about it all the time.  What’s it going to be like when... more

21 Dec 2016 ·
Episode XV: Just Maybe

She hasn't got a womb or ovaries but she wants to be a mommy.  How do I tell my young... more

30 Nov 2016 ·
A post-election message from my 8-year-old trans daughter

My 8-year-old transgender daughter is not giving up.  She's eating popcorn and singing and telling jokes and she has some... more

21 Nov 2016 ·
Episode XIV: My Friend Lauren

When I first realized I had a transgender child, Lauren reached out and told me it was going to be... more

09 Nov 2016 ·
Episode XIII: Play Date

My daughter has lots of friends, and she's big on play dates with other little girls.  But sometimes we need... more

19 Oct 2016 ·
Episode XII: How to Be a Dad

When my husband and I split up four years ago, we agreed to share custody of our...."son." Four years later,... more

28 Sep 2016 ·
Short and Silly

This isn't a full episode.  Just a little update on what we've been up to, with some very silly audio... more

04 Sep 2016 ·
Episode XI: Bathroom Bill

I never thought a bathroom bill - the kind they passed in North Carolina - would come to my home... more

30 Jun 2016 ·
Episode X: School (Part II)

This is a continuation of Episode IX. It tells the rest of the story of what happened when... more

24 Mar 2016 ·
Episode IX: School (Part I)

This episode has been six months in the making, because that's how long it took for this story... more

09 Mar 2016 ·
Episode VIII: Meeting Laverne

Earlier this year, my daughter got to meet the transgender TV star Laverne Cox. I wrote about it... more

05 Aug 2015 ·
Episode VII: THE FACTS (about transgender kids)

When my "son" first started saying that "he" was actually a "she," I went looking for information. I wanted hard... more

30 Jun 2015 · 28 minutes
Episode VI: The Interview

This episode is a little different from the others I've made. It's mostly just my daughter talking, answering... more

25 Dec 2014 ·
Episode V: Looking for Love

She's six years old and transgender.  I'm a single mom.  This is what happens when we both hit... more

20 Nov 2014 ·
Episode IV: Tom Boy Trans Girl

How girlie do you have to be to secure your spot in the girl club?  And what happens... more

24 Aug 2014 ·
Episode III: How Old is Gender?

Am I insane?  How can I be so sure that my young child is transgender?Music credits: "Her Love Comes... more

08 Jul 2014 ·
Episode II: Daily Life in the House of Girls

What's it like raising a transgender child? How did your family respond? What about school? How in... more

07 Jun 2014 · 10 minutes
Episode I: Mama, I'm a Girl

When he was three years old, my son informed me that she was actually my daughter. I'm now the... more

07 Jun 2014 · 7 minutes
How to Be a Girl
Episode VII: THE FACTS (about transgender kids)
How to Be a Girl

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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. ... more