In 1992, Julie Tarney’s only child, Harry, told her, “Inside my head I’m a girl.” Harry was two years old. Julie had no idea what that meant. Wasn’t it her role to encourage and support her child? Would Harry be bullied? Could she do the right thing? What was the right thing? The Internet was no help, because there was no Internet yet. And there were almost no books for a mom scrambling to understand a toddler who had definite ideas about gender identity. Instead, there were mainstream experts who theorized that a “sissy” boy was the result of a domineering mother. Lacking resources or a positive role model of her own, Julie embarked on an unexpected parenting path. Despite many missteps, she learned to rely on listening carefully and letting Harry lead the way. Julie Tarney is a board member for the It Gets Better Project, blogs for the Huffington Post’s “Queer Voices” pages, and is a contributing writer for TheParentsProject.com and the True Colors Fund’s Give a Damn Campaign. She volunteers for the PFLAG Safe Schools Program. A longtime resident of Milwaukee, she now lives in New York City.
Author Reading: Julie Tarney, My Son Wears Heels: One Mom's Journey from Clueless to Kickass
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - September 6th, 2016