Julie Tarney is an advocate for LGBTQIA youth, speaker and author. Her award-winning memoir, My Son Wears Heels: One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Kickass (University of Wisconsin Press 2016) and blog of the same name are about her experiences raising a gender nonconforming child in the Midwest in the 1990s and what she learned from him along the way about gender identity, gender expression and self-acceptance. Julie is a board member for the It Gets Better Project, blogs for HuffPost Queer Voices and is an active member of PFLAG NYC’s Safe Schools program. Her book won Bronze in the 2016 INDIES Book of the Year Awards. A longtime resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Julie now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she can often be found cheering in the audience at her creative director and sometimes-drag-artist son Harry’s performances.
Julie’s Contributions to My Kid Is Gay
July 2017 – Is an 8-Year-Old Too Young to Know He’s Gay?
December 2016 – Why Did He Only Come Out to Me
September 2016 – My Trans Son Still Likes Girly Things
March 2016 – When He Thinks Being Gay Is Being A “Sissy”
December 2015 – Getting Through the Holidays with Homophobic Relatives
December 2014 – For the Gender Non-Conforming Child on Your Holiday Gift List
September 2014 – Discipline Without Driving Away
June 2014 – Handling a Son’s Femininity
May 2014 – Parent Advice: Talking to Young Children