Julie Tarney is a speaker, advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and author.
She wrote the memoir My Son Wears Heels (University of Wisconsin Press, Sept. 2016) to share what she learned about gender identity, gender expression, and self-acceptance from her only child, Harry, and what her parenting journey with Harry taught her about herself.
“I know there are thousands of parents out there who are just beginning this journey right now,” Tarney said. “They’re learning about and perhaps struggling with their child’s gender identity. I want them to know they’re not alone. I think my story can help them.”
Julie was named a “Favorite Queer Hero of 2016” by HuffPost. She serves on the board of the It Gets Better Project, blogs for HuffPost’s “Queer Voices” and “Parents” pages, and is a contributing advice columnist for My Kid Is Gay. She is also an active member of PFLAG NYC, volunteering regularly as a speaker for its Safe Schools Program.
My Son Wears Heels won Bronze in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.
A longtime resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Julie now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She can often be found cheering in the audience at her creative director and sometimes-drag-artist son Harry’s performances.About The Book Julie’s Blog