Janet Mock

About Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a writer and activist who stepped onto the national stage in 2011 with a groundbreaking profile about her journey to womanhood in Marie Claire magazine. Her memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More will be published on February 4, 2014 by Atria/Simon & Schuster.

After stepping forward as a trans woman, Janet concentrated her efforts on speaking out about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, Janet founded the social media project #GirlsLikeUs which aims to raise the diverse visibility of trans women. She currently travels the country speaking about her experience of living at the intersections of identities.

Janet is a board member at the Arcus Foundation, a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues, and an advisor for the {young}ist, a young people-powered media site. She has also advised programming for trans youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York.

Janet was featured in the HBO documentary The Out List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders in 2013, and has appeared regularly on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Her commentary has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, In the Life, Colorlines, TakePart, The Telegraph, Sirius Radio, BuzzFeed, Loop21 and more.

In 2012, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project – an organization created in the legacy of Janet’s hero transgender activist Sylvia Riverahonored Janet for her work for trans women of color. She was also named to the GOOD 100 by GOOD magazine, the Center for American Progress’s 13 Women of Color to Watch, the Huffington Post’s 23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community and The Grio’s 100 most influential African-Americans. Her work has been nominated for a Women’s Media Center Award and a GLAAD Media Award.

A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, and worked as a Staff Editor for People.com (People magazine’s website) for five years. She lives and writes in New York City with her boyfriend, photographer and filmmaker Aaron Tredwell and their cockapoo Cleo.

For more about Janet, visit her website at www.janetmock.com.

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