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TYFA – Somewhere Out There

This American Life
Episode: Somewhere Out There
“Tom Girls”
February 13, 2009

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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. (18 minutes)

Used with permission from This American Life, produced by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. © 2009 Mary Beth Kirchner, Ira Glass and WBEZ Alliance, Inc.