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Janet Mock

New York, USA
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Gender rights activist

New York Times best-selling author, "Redefining Realness" (2014) and the upcoming "Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me" (2017)

Host of MSNBC's "So POPular!" and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight

Janet Mock is a writer and activist who creates, critiques, and contributes to media in an effort to expand society’s limited portrait of womanhood. Janet is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness and host of  So POPular! — a weekly MSNBC digital series about culture. She is a sought-after speaker and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women.

Born in Hawaii, Janet’s story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 Marie ClaireSince then she’s become one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in media. TIME called her one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.” Now, Janet finds herself on the other side of the story as a Contributing Editor for Marie Claire, host for MSNBC, and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

When she released Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More in February 2014, feminist critic bell hooks called Janet’s memoir, “A lifemap for transformation,” while Melissa Harris-Perry said “Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish—she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity.” The book debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers List and earned praise from Oprah Winfrey who interviewed her for Super Soul Sunday.

Janet was featured in the HBO documentary The Out List (2013) and went on to produce and interview for The Trans List (2016). She’s been interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher  (February 2015), The Colbert Report (February 2014) and The Nightly Show (June 2015). She’s appeared on the covers of C☆NDYTop Rank and ELIXHER magazines. She’s also been profiled by Washington PostNew York TimesNPRRookieSalonSlateFeministingBitch and more. The Ms. FoundationPlanned ParenthoodFeminist PressGLSENShorty Awards and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have honored Janet for her work. She’s appeared on the Out 100, Root 100 and GOOD 100. At 33, she was included in People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Issue in “Beauty at Every Age.”

Through her presentations, Q&As, and conversation series, Janet describes the personal, the political and the professional regarding her experiences as one of America’s most visible and influential trans women. Her work as a writer, TV host, media professional, cultural critic and advocate enables her to accessibly contextualize her experiences as a young trans woman of color for initiated and uninitiated audiences. Janet speaks about the power of storytelling in literature and popular culture, the history of trans women leaders in feminist, LGBT and social justice movements, and the personal-political dynamics of visibility and voice.

A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii, 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. Janet serves on the board of the Arcus Foundation, and lives in New York City with her husband, photographer and filmmaker Aaron Tredwell, and their cockapoo Cleo.

Janet Mock travels across the US and internationally for keynotes, presentations, Q&As, and workshops to discuss LGBT, transgender, feminist and racial justice issues. Her highly anticipated memoir Surpassing Certainty, is set to be released in June 2017. 

Speaking Topics:

  • Her lived experiences as a trans woman of color
  • The power of storytelling in media and popular culture
  • Importance of visibility and voice
  • The history of trans women in feminist, LGBT and social justice movement

Our Comment

"Janet describes her lived experiences as a trans woman of color and contextualises those experiences to draw connections between her life, her work and her overall mission to broaden society’s portrait of womanhood. She speaks about the power of storytelling, the history of trans women-led movements, and the personal-political dynamics of visibility."

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

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