Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What We Learned From a Mother's Love for Her Trans Daughter

Amid the tragic stories of transphobic violence and discrimination, sometimes a story that evokes warm fuzzies instead of righteous anger is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Enter Tuesday’s broadcast of KCRW's Here Be Monsters, a podcast series produced by Jeff Emtman and Bethany Denton. The series explores the human art of conquering fears and facing the unknown. And on Tuesday, the podcast featured the story of Marlo Mack and her transgender daughter, as Mack guides her daughter through the maze of disclosing her girlhood to her peers at a new summer camp.
Mack and her daughter also produce their own podcast called How to Be a Girl, while Mack blogs at Gender MomIf the family name sounds familiar, it may be because the mother-daughter team was the subject of an equally heartwarming story that went viral earlier this year when Mack's daughter effortlessly approached iconic star and trans advocate Laverne Cox when the actress was in Mack's hometown. 
Proving that a family is defined by love, not gender, here are the three lessons we learned from Mack’s loving rapport with her transgender daughter...