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Janet Mock          

Author, Feminist, Transgender Rights Activist, TV Host & Founder of #GirlsLikeUs

Janet Mock is a bestselling author and the Emmy-nominated writer, director, and executive producer for the FX drama series "POSE," for which she made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct for television.

Mock’s story of growing up trans first caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 Marie Claire article. Since then she’s become a media powerhouse. TIME named her to its 100 Most Influential People list, Variety named her one of its “Power of Women,” Ebony listed her on its Ebony 100, Fast Company named her one of the “most creative people in business” while the PEN Center USA honored her with an Award of Honor during the 2017 Literary Awards. On January 21, 2017, Mock, who founded #GirlsLikeUs and #TransBookDrive, addressed millions on stage at the Women’s March on Washington, where she urged for an intersectional and inclusive movement that included all women: trans women, undocumented people, sex workers and disabled folk.

A feminist activist tackling stigma through storytelling, Mock broke ground in 2014 with the release of her pioneering and profound memoir "Redefining Realness," which was the first biography written from the perspective of a young trans person. It debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014 and Mock was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for Super Soul Sunday. Her second book, "Surpassing Certainty," a memoir about the years in her life when she was not public about being trans, was praised by Kirkus as a “defining chronicle of strength and spirit…brimming with liberated self-discovery.”

A native of Honolulu, Mock attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, and serves on the board of the Arcus Foundation. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.


Janet Mock On The Power Of Embracing Her Transgender Identity
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