Julie Tarney is an author, LGBTQ+ advocate and now speaker who helps companies increase their retention and revenue goals by strengthening their LGBTQ+ inclusion initiatives.
Julie wrote the award-winning memoir, My Son Wears Heels (University of Wisconsin Press 2016), serves on the boards of the It Gets Better Project and PFLAG NYC, guest writes for HuffPost, and is a contributing advice columnist for My Kid Is Gay. She is a speaker for PFLAG NYC’s Safe Schools Program and a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Families for Trans Equality network. Julie is also an experienced public relations and issues management consultant who has worked with leading global consumer brands.
In My Son Wears Heels, Julie shared what she learned about gender identity, gender expression, and self-acceptance from her only child, Harry, and what her journey with Harry, from toddler to adulthood, taught her about herself. Sharing that experience in public appearances, Julie has touched the lives of many in diverse corporate and community settings.
“There are thousands of people either confused, learning about or trying to get comfortable with issues related to gender identity,” Tarney said. “They have questions about how those issues effect the people they care about, work with, or interact with in their daily live. And if they’re in business, those issues can adversely affect their bottomline or newspaper headlines. I want to see organizations and workforces thriving together. ”
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