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How to Be a Girl


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 XXXII: The Medical Stuff

Sep 6 • 42:52

For years, people have asked me what I would do when my daughter hit puberty. Was I going to let her do... “the medical stuff?"

Well, right after the pandemic struck, so did puberty. And this is what my daughter (and her mother) decided to do.


If you're interested in learning more about our story, you can check out my memoir:

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Episode XXXI: M is for Middle School, Take Two

Nov 2 • 00:00

This episode is different from any of our previous episodes. It’s also a do-over, because the first version of this episode overlooked the fact that my daughter is growing up, fast. She’s almost a teenager, and we both agree that it’s time she took charge. So that’s what she did. (Here’s a little more about how this episode came to be.)


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Episode XXX: Emma at last

Sep 23 • 00:00

I want you to meet my good friend, Emma. When she was a little girl, she was just like my daughter. But no one knew her for 60 years. I'm so glad she's here now....

Episode XXIX: Eleven

Jan 25 • 00:00

Episode XXVIII: The Tell

Dec 31 • 00:00

Episode XXVII: Playdates with Christians

Nov 29 • 00:00

Are the new next-door neighbors going to let their daughters play with mine if they find out she's transgender? To attempt to answer this question, I seek expert advice from a new friend in the Bible Belt. ...

Episode XXVI: Sarah McBride

Nov 6 • 00:00

Need to hear a positive story about politics? I know I do. Here's the inspiring story of Sarah McBride, the young transgender activist who gives me hope (and is my personal pick for the first transgender president). ...

Episode XXV: To Tell or Not to Tell? (Advice from HTBAG listeners)

Oct 30 • 00:00

In the last episode, I asked my listeners to help me answer this question: Should my daughter tell the kids at her new school that she's transgender? In this episode, you will hear the wisdom that came back to me. My cup runneth over....

Episode XXIV: Moving & Marrying, Part III - New School

Aug 20 • 00:00

My daughter starts fifth grade at a new school next month.  It's a fresh start, where no one knows that she's transgender.  How do I handle this? How do I advise her?  Should she keep her transgender status to herself or be more open? At the end of this episode, I'll be asking for your advice: What should I do?...

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

Jul 31 • 00:00

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