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Mama, I Was Supposed To Be Born A Girl

Aug 6, 2017

My son was barely 3 years old when he informed me that … I didn’t have a son.

He looked me square in the eyes and said, “Mama, I think something went wrong when I was in your tummy, because I was supposed to be born a girl, but I was born a boy instead.” 

He begged me to put him back in the womb to right the wrong. He was sobbing.

In this animation, my child and I tell our story:

How to Be a Girl from gendermom on Vimeo. Audio + illustration by Marlo Mack. 

Marlo Mack blogs about raising her transgender daughter at With her daughter’s help, she produces “How to Be a Girl” (, an audio podcast about their lives together. Marlo Mack is a pseudonym.

The Seattle Story Project: First-person reflections published at These are essays, stories told on stage, photos and zines. To submit a story - or note one you've seen that deserves more notice - contact Isolde Raftery at or 206-616-2035.

Originally published 1/29/2015.