St. Paul JCC 1375 St. Paul Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116
In 1992, Julie Tarney’s only child, Harry, told her, “Inside my head I’m a girl.” He was two years old. Julie had no idea what that meant. She felt disoriented. Wasn’t it her role to encourage and support her child? Surely she had to set some limits to his self-expression—or did she? Would he be bullied? Could she do the right thing? What was the right thing? The internet was no help, because there was no internet. And there were zero books for a mom scrambling to understand a toddler who had definite ideas about his gender, regardless of how Nature had endowed him. Terms such as transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender creative were rare or nonexistent.
Julie Tarney (My Son Wears Heels) is the author of the book “My Son Wears Heels: One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Kickass,” as well as a blog by the same name. Julie was named a “Favorite Queer Hero of 2016” by HuffPost, and her memoir is a finalist for an INDIES Book of the Year Award. Julie is a board member for the It Gets Better Project, blogs for HuffPost’s “Queer Voices,” and “Parents” pages, and is a contributing writer for My Kid Is Gay. She is also an active member of PFLAG NYC, volunteering regularly as a speaker for their Safe Schools Program. 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 performance
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This event is made possible by: J-Pride, Shir Tikvah Congregation, Twin Cities, MN