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Julie Tarney is a dynamic and highly engaging presenter. Her entertaining storytelling and actionable tips help promote LGBTQ+ representation and cultural change in high-performing organizations.  

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As a subject-matter expert and former corporate relations executive, Julie consults or provides customized educational sessions for C-suite and managerial teams that helps leaders promote and protect the rights of people of all gender identities and expressions.

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1 week ago

My Son Wears Heels
The Mother’s Day my kid Harry was 12, he handed me an envelope with M❤M written on the front. I unfolded a sheet of paper to find a typed poem titled, “The Joy of Having a Mother.” I was blown away. Harry had begun writing poetry, and I’d asked at the beginning of the school year if he’d write one for me. I didn’t know if he’d actually do it, and I certainly didn’t expect one about me. “The Joy of Having a Mother”In life we only get one,One who could never be outdone,Somebody who is there forever and always throughout eternity,Somebody not tainted throughout modernity,They are there to help you, and to guide your direction,One who will never face you with rejection,Cherish this someone,This heroine,This champion,Cherish this someone, for who they are,Whether you are near or far,Because they will love you, you not another,And that is the joy of having a mother…”I still get verklempt. I’d never felt more important as a mother than in that moment. Harry had articulated our unbreakable bond and brought clarity to my role as their mom. But it felt a bit strange; I’d never thought of myself as a heroine or champion before. What I usually recalled were the times I thought I’d failed him. (Thank goddess I’ve gotten over my two Halloween costume-denial disasters!) We all make mistakes, feel guilty, or wish we’d done a thing or two differently. But here’s what Harry taught me: Unconditional love and support have no expiration date. We moms can demonstrate in any moment what it means to cherish our children. We are encouragers, defenders and protectors, full stop.These decades later, Harry is MY hero. He remains true to himself and still doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. And every once in a while, for no reason at all, he’ll surprise me with a bouquet of my favorite flowers. 🌷#mothersdaymemories #mothersday #mothersdaylove #protecttransyouth #protecttranskids ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

My Son Wears Heels
This week marks the 105th anniversary of Children’s Book Week! And I’m smiling hard over this year’s theme — “No Rules. Just Read.” — because I think any child should be able to read what they want, where they want, and how they want.There are so many colorful stories in print that can help kids in your family — and you — understand that their precious individuality and the uniqueness of others is something to be cheered. Pictured here are a few children's-book titles in my home library for both young and adult readers, as well as the fabulous 2024 Children’s Book Week poster, created by Sophie Blackall. What are some of your favorite children’s books? Every Child a Reader #ChildrensBookWeek #NoRulesJustRead #librarians #teachers #schools #reading #kidlit #childrensbooks ... See MoreSee Less
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Picture of Harry sitting stretch across a metal chair in a field of grass, dressed in brighhtly colored patterned pants and aqua tight top, wearing pink converse sneakers.

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