Kathryne M. Young grew up in Tracy, California–a small town in the San Joaquin Valley. She went to Stanford University, where she graduated with honors in American studies before returning to Tracy High to found a College Coaching program, then moving to Oregon to pursue her MFA in creative writing.
At 27, Katie began to question her sexual orientation (she was married to a great guy at the time), and finally came out after a long personal struggle to come to grips with her identity. She now writes frequently about LGBT issues and butch identity, authored a 2011 law review article about sexual orientation and jury service, and has spoken in feminist studies at Stanford about female masculinity and butch identity. Katie’s parents, who are politically very conservative, are tremendously supportive.
Katie holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. from Stanford in sociology. She has worked summers at Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, a county DA’s office, and the Federal Defender’s Office. Her dissertation is an in-depth ethnographic study of gender, identity, and legal consciousness in Hawaiian cockfighting. Katie is committed to a professional life dedicated to furthering equality.
She intends to become a law professor, as well as to continue seriously pursuing her writing interests. Katie lives in California’s coastal redwoods with her girlfriend. Their shared hobbies include hiking, reading, and propagating succulents.