Tom Girls is the story of two eight year-old girls who meet at a conference for families with transgender children.
This was the first time either girl had ever met someone so much like herself, and they instantly became best friends...at least for the weekend.
Tom Girls won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2009 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story was edited by Ira Glass and Nancy Updike.
Mary Beth Kirchner is an independent radio producer and national programming consultant. She has been producing documentaries, music series, and cultural programming for more than 20 years. Kirchner started her own production company in 1993 after having served as National Programming Director for radio at WETA, Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was executive producer for radio at the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Telecommunications. She is based in Los Angeles.
Rebecca Weiker recently began working as a radio producer after a career of over twenty years in public health. Her work addresses the medical and social factors that affect the health status and life options of women, adolescents and children. Weiker has worked as a direct service provider, a manager, an educator and evaluator. Her work in association with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles focused on young people, including gay, lesbian and transgender youth.