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Janet Mock          

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

Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author as well as the writer, director and executive producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated drama series "POSE," for which she made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct for television with the landmark script, “Love Is the Message.”

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. Mock also founded organizations #GirlsLikeUs and #TransBookDrive that help to empower transgender women in all communities.

Mock began her media career at People.com (People magazine’s website), where she worked for five years climbing the ranks at Time Inc. from Staff Writer to Staff Editor upon her departure in 2012. She has since produced the HBO documentary The Trans List, where she conducted all interviews and worked with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. She also created the interview podcast, "Never Before," with Pineapple Street Media and has also served as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, a contributing editor for Marie Claire, and anchor for MSNBC, where she hosted the pop culture series, “So POPular!”

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. Mock has been interviewed on ELLEN, Wendy Williams, The Daily Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Desus & Mero, and Real Time with Bill Maher. She has appeared on the covers of British VOGUE, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Who What Wear, Paper, OUT and C☆NDY magazines.

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.

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Janet Mock On The Power Of Embracing Her Transgender Identity
Less than five years ago, Janet Mock was like any other career woman in New York City, happily devoted to her job as a staff editor for People.com. She later ...
Janet Mock Shares Her Transgender Journey with Oprah Winfrey ...
In the season finale of Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, former PEOPLE.com editor Janet Mock sits down with the talk show host to discuss her experience as a ...

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