Julie Tarney is an author, speaker, and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth.
Her memoir, MY SON WEARS HEELS (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016) shared what she learned about gender identity, gender expression, and self-acceptance from her only child, Harry, and what her parenting journey with Harry, from toddler to adulthood, taught her about herself. Sharing that experience in public appearances, she has touched the lives of so many in diverse settings and is devoting her life to reaching as many people as possible to make the world a better — and safer — place for LGBTQ+ youth, with an emphasis on gender identity related topics.
Julie 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. Julie was named a “Favorite Queer Hero of 2016” by HuffPost and one of BlogHer’s “Voices of the Year” in 2015.
“I know there are thousands of people, from parents and extended family to neighbors, educators and co-workers, who are just beginning this journey right now,” Tarney said. “They’re learning about and trying to get comfortable with issues related to gender identity. And they have questions about the people they care about, work with or interact with in their lives and communities. I want those people to know they’re not alone. And I know my story can help them.”
Julie has spoken to a variety of audiences in academic, workplace and other settings and has been a guest at LGBTQ Pride events to share her experience and expertise.
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