Julie Tarney is author of the memoir, MY SON WEARS HEELS: One Mom's Journey from Clueless to Kickass (University of Wisconsin Press 2016), about her experiences raising a gender diverse child in the Midwest in the 1990s. She serves on the board of the It Gets Better Project and is a contributing voice for My Kid Is Gay and the True Colors Fund's Give A Damn Campaign. She also participates in PFLAG NYC's Safe Schools Program. 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/photographer and sometimes-drag-artist son Harry’s performances.