Juli Grey-Owens has been a Long Island and New York State transgender community advocate for over fifteen years. She is the Executive Director of LITAC, the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition, whose mission is to advocate for the transgender, non-binary, and intersex communities. Grey-Owens regularly speaks at public forums about the need for statewide transgender civil rights, and has focused on community organizing across New York. Currently she is the Lead Organizer and driving force behind the GENDA 2018 Campaign, which seeks to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, a New York State transgender civil rights bill.
In 2016, she was appointed to the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and now serves on both the Nassau County and Suffolk County Steering Committees to End the HIV Epidemic.
Grey-Owens is also Board Co-Chair of TransPAC, New York’s first Political Action Committee focused solely on transgender rights. She served as Chair of the GLBT Democrats of Long Island, and was a member of the Suffolk County Democratic Party Executive Committee from 2006 through 2014. Grey-Owens served six years on the Board of Directors of the Empire State Pride Agenda, the New York statewide LGBT advocacy organization.
In 2015 she established Transgender Management Consulting, a business specifically created to help organizations become transgender inclusive. She has provided training for health care providers, government agencies, police departments, camp directors, and school personnel.
Grey-Owens’ awards and accomplishments include being a 2009 Long Island Pride Parade Marshal, receiving the 2007 Empire State Pride Agenda Star Award, and the 2013 Long Island Crisis Center Groundbreaker Award. In 2017 she was recognized by City & State magazine as one of the “10 people making a difference for LGBT New Yorkers”. Grey-Owens gave a key address at the 2012 New York State LGBT Equality and Justice Day held in Albany, and spoke at the 2015 Manhattan Marriage Equality Rally when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage. This past April, Grey-Owens received the Diana Coleman Award for Progressive leadership, given by the Long Island Progressive Coalition.
When not leading a demonstration or speaking out for her community, she is an avid fan of the Mets, Islanders and Giants. She has a daughter, Sarah, and lives in Huntington with her wife Barbara and their two cats Fraidy and Sylvia.
Her wife Barbara loves to tell this story about Juli. “most of you think of Juli as a big strong activist fighting the good fight but here at home she has another important role – Cat Whisperer. We have two cats that were feral and have taken a long time getting used to human contact. Sylvia, the bigger one, has long, oily fur that is usually a tangled mess. Juli has gradually gotten her used to being petted, brushed, even bathed. She is now the happiest and healthiest she has been in her 16 years!”
Juli Owens, activist, parent, spouse and cat whisperer…….A woman for all seasons!