Author Julie Tarney is a dynamic and highly engaging presenter and training professional on trans-inclusive topics. Her entertaining storytelling and actionable tips help promote LGBTQ+ representation and cultural change in high-performing organizations.
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.
My Son Wears Heels
In her open and outspoken memoir, Julie Tarney shared what she learned about gender identity, gender expression, and self-acceptance from her only child, Harry. And she divulged what her journey with Harry, from gender-nonconforming toddler to nonbinary adulthood, taught her about herself. Sharing that experience, Julie has touched lives and changed hearts of many in diverse corporate and community settings.
“Thousands of people are confused about issues related to gender identity,” Tarney said. “Many are learning about or trying to get comfortable with those topics. They don’t understand how the issues affect the people they care about, work with or interact with in their daily lives. Not managed properly in the workplace, those issues can adversely impact a business’s news headlines and bottom line. I want to see organizations and workforces thriving together. ”
A longtime resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Julie now lives in Brooklyn, New York. When not presenting, she is often cheering in the audience at her creative director and sometimes-drag-artist child Harry’s performances.