Natalie is an Idaho native who believes in a future where gay families are equal and no longer have to hide in the closet out of fear. She aspires to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ families through the power of education and sharing her own family story.
After high school, Natalie moved to New York for college. She studied Spanish and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on sex and sexuality. Her studies of culture and language awakened a thirst for travel. Upon graduating, Natalie backpacked Europe before setting in Madrid to teach English. Natalie went on to serve in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.
Throughout her travels and time outside of Idaho, Natalie began to realize how living in a closeted gay family affected her perception of the world. When her AmeriCorps teaching position ended in 2011, she returned to Idaho. When her dad retired from his position as a judge, she began writing about her travels and her family.
Natalie is an author, artist, and advocate for LGBTQ families. She participates in Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day, is active with COLAGE and represents Idaho on the Western Region Advisory Council through Family Equality Council. She is the founder of Treasure Valley Queerspawn, a Boise-area group for teens and adults with at least one LGBTQ parent or guardian. Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet is her first book.
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*To read about Natalie’s travels, check out her blog: gadabouttheglobe.com