Episode XXVI: Sarah McBride

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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).

MUSIC CREDITS: "Halflight," “G Piano," “Across the River, and "Triste" by Podington Bear; “Asturias” by Isaac Albeniz (Courtesy of Audiosocket).

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

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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.

MUSIC CREDITS: “Den," "Floating in Space," "Surface Tension," and "Threshold" by Podington Bear; "You Are a Memory" by Message to Bears (Courtesy of Audiosocket); and "Leave Them" and "Telling Me So" by St. Paul de Vence.

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

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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?

MUSIC CREDITS: "Sensitive" and "Constellation" by Podington Bear (licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0) and "Bloom" by Jahzzar (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0).

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

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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 intercontinental couple's forthcoming nuptials! (And hear what my daughter thinks of her soon-to-be stepdad.)

MUSIC CREDITS: "Lord of the Land," "Evening Melodrama," "Master of the Feast," "The Rule," and "Bossa Bossa" by Kevin MacLeod

Episode XXI: Going First

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 they come.

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MUSIC CREDITS: 
“Springtime,” “Quartrefoil,” and “Blue” by Podington Bear (licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0)
“Helice” by Monplaisir (licensed under CC0 1.0)
“Comedie” by Jahzzar (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

Episode XX: The Betrayal

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

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Music credits: 

“Chicxuclub” and “Transient” by Podington Bear

“Undaunted” by Kevin MacLeod

“Dormir rien de plus” by Monplaisir

We're back! Welcome to a new season!

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.  

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Music credits:  "Lode Runner" and "Sorrento" by Podington Bear.

When it rains it pours

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

M. tries her hand at TV journalism.

Music credit: David Mumford, “Singing in the Rain (Instrumental)" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

 

Episode XVIII: Big Sister

I'm not transgender, but my daughter is. That means she needs someone to model the future who isn't me:  A transgender big sister. 

 Music credits:    “Dormir Rien de plus” by Monplaisir ( public domain ) 

Music credits: 

“Dormir Rien de plus” by Monplaisir (public domain

Episode XVII: 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, but I sure am now. 

  MUSIC CREDITS:    “Dubakupado” by   www.incompetech.com    “Homeless California” by Monplaisir ( public domain )     “King Thumbscrew The Third” by Doctor Turtle ( CC-BY-NC 4.0 ) 

MUSIC CREDITS:

“Dubakupado” by www.incompetech.com

“Homeless California” by Monplaisir (public domain

“King Thumbscrew The Third” by Doctor Turtle (CC-BY-NC 4.0

Episode XVI: How to Be a (Teen) Girl

It’s still five years off, but I think about it all the time.  What’s it going to be like when my transgender daughter becomes a teenager?

Music credits:

Andy G Cohen, "Land_Legs" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

David Mumford, "Twinkle Twinkle Instrumental" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

Loch Lomond, "Elephants and Little Girls" (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

Kevin Macleod, “J.S. Bach, Prelude in C” (licensed under CC BY 3.0)

Episode XIV: My Friend Lauren

When I first realized I had a transgender child, Lauren reached out and told me it was going to be OK. Ever since, she's been the one I lean on when I'm terrified. She's the bravest woman I know. 

 My friend, "Lauren," in 1979. 

My friend, "Lauren," in 1979. 

Music credits: 

“George Street Shuffle” and “In Your Arms” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 

“Evenhanded” by Podington Bear

“From here to Iceland" by Loch Lomond

“I Enjoy Being a Girl,” performed by Christine Jorgensen

"Mars Landscape: Moon Set” by Julie Maxwell (Source:  Free Music Archive, CC License)

Thank you to my new supporters on Patreon.comBrady Houck, Shaleece Haas, Rona So, Jennifer Zuber, Emily Hoff, Andrew Weisner, and Damiana Day. 

 

Episode XIII: Play Date

My daughter has lots of friends, and she's big on play dates with other little girls.  But sometimes we need to book a special play date, because sometimes you just need to hang out with somebody who's just like you.  

Music Credits: "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan” by Chris Zabriskie, “Hélice” by Monplaisir, and “Rainbow Street” by Scott Holmes.

Thank you to my new supporters on Patreon.com:  Ann Frossard, Lorna McCarthy, Maricia Scott, Lyle Mattson, Ryann Grove, Jessica Gaab, and Risa Cyr.