Tuesday, March 03, 2009

This American Life: Tom Girls

NPR’s This American Life recently had a show on about two 8 year old (trans) girls who met & hit it off. It’s the middle/second segment.

Act Two — Tom Girls: Lilly and Thomasina have a lot in common. They’re both 8 years old. And they were both born boys, although it became clear pretty early on that they’d prefer to be girls. There aren’t all that many kids in the world like them, but recently, at a conference in Seattle on transgender parenting, they met. And they immediately hit it off. They could talk about things with each other that they’d never been able to share with other friends back home. And that’s comforting, even if they never see each other after the conference ends. Producer Mary Beth Kirchner tells the story, with production help from Rebecca Weiker.

It’s only about 20 minutes, & worth listening to.

(Thanks to Chris & Jess for the tip.)

1 comment:

NinjaMama said...

Such an incredible story. Those two young girls are amazing, and their parents are too. I felt 'graced' by their strength and their bravery in putting the needs of their children before their own (ans society's) preconceived ideas. As someone who has struggled with letting my kids choose their own clothes (heaven forbid they won't match) - because of how it could reflect on me - I take the selfless-ness of these parents as a lesson. Bless you and your amazing kids.