Julia Applegate received a Master of Arts in Women's Studies from Ohio State University in June 1997 and worked as an adjunct professor of Women's Studies for nine years. She presently works as an activist and educator in HIV/AIDS care in the state of Ohio.
Additionally, she was active in the creation and development of a Columbus, Ohio drag king troupe, H.I.S. Kings. After the formation of H.I.S. Kings, Applegate went on to become a founding member of the International Drag King community Extravaganza, a three day annual conference and performance showcase devoted to the study and expansion of traditional gender identities.
Julia has also been involved as a community activist with the Ohio AIDS Coalition and a local swimming team, the Ohio Splash. In her work with the Ohio AIDS Coalition, she has developed digital media storytelling workshops for men and women living with HIV, and coordinated healing retreats for HIV+ women. As a board member of Ohio Splash, Applegate has been active in fundraising and outreach efforts to expand the participation of local swimmers in international Gay and Lesbian aquatic competitions. Finally, Julia is a board member of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association.