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Marlo Mack is raising her nine-year-old transgender daughter in Seattle. Over the years Mack has felt supported and welcomed in her hometown. But this isn't always the case for transgender people living in more conservative parts of the country.

Marlo Mack

We all need someone to look up to.  That's what motivated Marlo Mack to seek out a role model for her nine-year-old transgender daughter. In this excerpt of her podcast, How to Be a Girl, Mack tells the story of finding a "big sister" for her child.

How to Be a Girl is produced in partnership with Marlo Mack and KUOW.

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Marlo Mack's daughter with her baby doll.
Marlo Mack

Before I enrolled my daughter in public school two years, I raced to get her official documents changed. It’s one of the rites of passage for parents of trans kids. 

Marlo Mack

1) Gender matters, but I have no idea what it is

If a girl can wear anything she likes, and play sports and climb trees, and be a doctor or an astronaut or a senator … and if she can even have a “boy’s body,” what the heck is a girl? I honestly don’t know. But I do know this: It matters to me that I’m a girl. It matters to my daughter. And I bet your gender matters to you too.

2) Fear is inevitable, and fear is irrelevant

How to be a (teen) girl

Dec 22, 2016

Life as a teenager can be challenging. All the pressures of school, figuring out who you are and your place in the world. It can be even more difficult if you’re a transgender teen. Marlo Mack has been thinking about this a lot lately. She’s a single mom of an eight-year-old trans daughter. Puberty is just a few years away. In this excerpt from her podcast “How to Be a Girl,” Mack explores what life will be like for her daughter as a teenager.

Hope for trans women who want to be moms

Nov 30, 2016
Marlo Mack's daughter with her baby doll.
Marlo Mack

Marlo Mack always wanted to be a mother, and maybe even a grandmother. Mack is a single mom of an 8-year-old transgender daughter. She produces a podcast called “How to Be a Girl." In this excerpt, Mack looks at fertility and the future challenges her daughter will face.

Advice to my daughter from a trans woman

Nov 9, 2016

There is far more acceptance today towards people who are transgender. Think of former Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner or actress Laverne Cox. But there was a time when the world was far less tolerant. Marlo Mack  turns to an older transgender friend for advice about raising her trans daughter.

How to find a playdate for your trans child

Oct 19, 2016
Marlo Mack's daughter and her best friend.
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Worrying about your kid's social life is part of being a parent. And it’s not always easy. Especially if you are raising a transgender child. In this episode Marlo Mack shares the challenges of finding a play date for her transgender daughter.


How to be a dad (of a transgender kid)

Sep 28, 2016
Marlo Mack

In this episode of How to Be a Girl, Marlo Mack introduces us to her ex-husband and father of her child. When they were together they were raising a son. Four years later they now share custody of a transgender daughter.