Janet Mock

Janet Mock
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About Janet Mock

Janet Mock is the¬†New York¬†Times¬†bestselling author¬†of two memoirs,¬†Redefining Realness¬†(2014) and¬†Surpassing Certainty¬†(2017), a¬†writer,¬†director¬†and¬†producer¬†on¬†Ryan Murphy‚Äôs FX series¬†Pose, for which she¬†made history¬†as the first¬†trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of television with the¬†landmark script, ‚ÄúLove Is the Message.‚ÄĚ

A¬†feminist¬†activist tackling stigma through storytelling, Janet¬†broke ground in 2014¬†with the release of her first book¬†Redefining Realness,¬†a pioneering and profound memoir 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 Janet 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 ‚Äúdefining chronicle¬†of strength and spirit‚Ķbrimming with¬†liberated¬†self-discovery.‚ÄĚ

On January 21, 2017, the¬†sought-after speaker¬†and advocate (who founded¬†#GirlsLikeUs¬†and #TransBookDrive)¬†addressed millions¬†on stage at the¬†Women‚Äôs 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.¬†‚ÄúI stand here today, most of all, because¬†I am my sister‚Äôs keeper‚ĶOur approach to freedom need not be identical, but it must be intersectional and inclusive.‚ÄĚ

Janet¬†began her media career at¬†People.com¬†(People¬†magazine‚Äôs 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¬†column¬†‚ÄúBeauty Beyond Binaries‚Ä̬†for¬†Allure, which broke ground by exploring¬†pretty privilege, and the¬†interview podcast¬†Never Before¬†with Pineapple Street Media, which featured in-depth conversations with¬†Tina Knowles-Lawson,¬†Rep. Maxine Waters,¬†Kris Jenner¬†and¬†Lena Dunham. She also served as a¬†correspondent¬†for¬†Entertainment Tonight¬†(interviewing¬†Queen Latifah), a¬†contributing editor¬†for¬†Marie Claire, and¬†host for MSNBC, where she helmed the groundbreaking series,¬†‚ÄúSo POPular!‚Ä̬†interviewing¬†Salma Hayek,¬†Issa Rae, and¬†Amber Rose.

Born in¬†Hawaii, Janet‚Äôs story of growing up trans caught the nation‚Äôs attention in a 2011¬†Marie Claire¬†article. Since then she‚Äôs become a millennial media powerhouse.¬†TIME¬†named her to its¬†100 Most Influential People list,¬†Variety¬†named her one of its 2017 ‚ÄúPower of Women,‚Ä̬†Ebony¬†listed her on its¬†Ebony 100,¬†¬†Fast Company¬†named her one of 2015‚Äôs ‚Äúmost creative people in business‚ÄĚ while the PEN Center USA honored her with an Award of Honor during the 2017 Literary Awards.

Janet has been interviewed on¬†Wendy Williams,¬†The Daily Show,¬†Late Night with Seth Meyers,¬†Desus & Mero,¬†and¬†Real Time with Bill Maher. Her writing has appeared in the¬†New York Times,¬†Variety,¬†The New Yorker, and¬†Marie Claire. She wrote the foreword for famed photographer Mark Seliger‚Äôs collection,¬†On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories,¬†contributed to the anthology,¬†The Feminist Utopia Project,¬†and has appeared on the covers of¬†Paper,¬†OUT¬†and¬†C‚ėÜNDY¬†magazines.¬†The Ms. Foundation,¬†Planned Parenthood,¬†Feminist Press,¬†GLSEN,¬†Shorty Awards¬†and the¬†Sylvia Rivera Law Project¬†have all honored Janet for her work.

A native of Honolulu, Janet 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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