How to Be a Girl

30 Episodes

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

July 31st, 2018

We've moved.  To the suburbs.  We're getting to know the new neighbors, and we're wondering: Will they accept us here? 


Episode XXII: Moving & Marrying, Part I - The Prince

May 17th, 2018

Did you know there's a wedding coming up, uniting an Englishman with an American bride?  Listen now for ALL the juicy details on this intercontin…

Episode XXI: Going First

May 10th, 2018

In this episode, my daughter and I get to talk with two of our heroes.  Jazz Jennings is a reality TV star, LGBTQ activist, and arguably the most famous transgender teen in the world.  Her mom Jeanette is as brave as …

Episode XX: The Betrayal

April 26th, 2018

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

We're back! Welcome to a new season!

April 19th, 2018

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

We Shall Overcome

January 15th, 2018

A little girl, a holiday, big news, and... a miracle!

December 25th, 2017

This mini-episode contains: One VERY excited little girl awaiting Santa, news of the big changes coming to our lives, my plans for the future of this podcast, and... a miracle! 

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When it rains it pours

July 6th, 2017

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

Episode XIX: Red State Mama

February 22nd, 2017

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

A little update from Marlo

February 18th, 2017

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

(KUOW is hosting a How to Be a Girl listening party in Seattle on February 26! Reserve a seat at

Episode XI: Bathroom Bill

June 30th, 2016

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