Oh, for Pete’s sake!

Cancer?! Really?!?  Oh, for Pete’s sake! That’s what Mom probably said to the doctor who gave her the news  about the mass they found in her abdomen a week ago. Mom left the Catholic Church decades ago, but she still swears like a good little Catholic girl. “Fuck you, cancer,” was my response. “Why do you have…

What do I tell my daughter, Mr. President?

Dear President Trump, Last week your administration announced that it was withdrawing the guidelines that President Obama issued in support of transgender students in American public schools. You said preventing discrimination wasn’t really in your wheelhouse. You said the states should decide where all those trans kids should pee. As the mother of a young…

Lord Help the Kids in the Red States

I knew it was coming, but it still broke my heart to see the news yesterday.  Our federal government has officially turned its back on one of the most vulnerable groups in our society: Transgender children like mine. Here in my dark blue state, my kiddo is pretty insulated (for now – more trouble is…

A little update from Marlo

This tiny podcast episode is mostly silly, and a little bit serious.  I also have some news. Plus, cat videos! And: ATTENTION SEATTLE-AREA FRIENDS: My public radio partner, KUOW, is hosting a (free) How to Be a Girl listening party in Seattle on February 26! Reserve a seat here. 

New podcast episode: The Window

In 2013, Obama opened a window for transgender people when he made it easier to change the gender on your Social Security record. But with Trump coming into office, it looks like that window is about to close.  I hadn’t been in much of a rush to change my 9-year-old transgender daughter’s Social Security record,…

New podcast episode: How to be a (teen) girl

Yeah, I know it’s still five years off, but the truth is I’m already pretty freaked out about my transgender daughter becoming a teenager.  You may be, too, even if your child isn’t trans. But, as one of my amazing experts in this episode puts it:  “Shut up. You don’t know the half of it.”…