Galen is a writer, speaker, and musician based in Denver, Colorado. She most frequently:
- writes about trans issues, and day-to-day life as a trans woman;
- speaks about trans issues, feminism, and gender theory; and
- sings about sad, existential things.
Galen grew up in the suburbs of Denver with her parents, who were public school teachers, and her older brother, who was an older brother. As a young child, she spent most of her time reading, petting her dogs, wandering outside, and playing Mega Man. As a somewhat older child, she spent most of her time reading, petting her dogs, listening to punk and emo, and playing Mega Man. She was not one of the cool kids.
Out of her love for music, and a desire to be cool, Galen started playing guitar in middle school. Once she learned a few basic chords, her guitar became her first, and best, therapist.
Galen first came out as trans at age seventeen, before retreating back into the closet out of fear and self-loathing. Which, you know, was fun.
Galen met her future wife, Laura, during the second week of her first semester at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. After college, Galen moved to Denver with Laura, and went to grad school. She wanted to eventually become a philosophy professor. That didn’t happen.
Galen and Laura got married in July, 2011. A good time was had by all in attendance, and some say the wedding playlist was the best wedding playlist of all time.
After she got her master’s in Philosophy and Theory, Galen became a Special Education teacher, and taught middle school reading in Denver Public Schools. She loved working with kids and encouraging them to be their best. Needless to say, middle school was a lot better the second time around.
On New Year’s Eve, 2015, Galen came out to Laura. Their first child, who is insanely cute, was born in April, 2016. Galen then left the classroom in October, 2016 in order to transition. It was an incredibly hard decision. She still misses her students.
These days, Galen works for the Colorado Department of Education, supporting educators state-wide with a focus on good professional development, universal design, and design thinking. She spends most of her free time writing, hanging out with her family, singing songs, and talking to people about things. She still occasionally plays Mega Man.