FORA.tv Speaker - Janet Mock

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Biography

JANET MOCK is a writer, speaker, cultural critic, prominent advocate for trans women's rights and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster). Currently, she travels the country speaking about her book and her mission of celebrating self-definition and championing girls and women from all walks of life. Janet first told her story of growing up as a trans girl in 2011 in Marie Claire - a magazine for which she now works as Contributing Editor, writing articles and acting as a brand ambassador. She released her memoir Redefining Realness in February 2014, which she first promoted during a contentious interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, as well as The Colbert Report and Melissa Harris-Perry. The book debuted at No. 19 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs, a social movement that empowers trans women and celebrates the diversity of womanhood. In 2013, Janet joined the board of directors at the Arcus Foundation, a leading global organization advancing social justice and conservation issues. She also advises the editorial direction of the {young}ist, a young people-powered media site, and helped create programming for trans youth at New York's Hetrick-Martin Institute. Janet has extended her storytelling platform to television, hosting segments for HuffPost Live and Pivot's TakePart Live. She was also featured in the HBO documentary The Out List and has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Rookie, Salon, Slate, Feministing, Colorlines and more. The Stonewall Community Foundation, GLSEN, Anti-Violence Project, ADCOLOR Awards and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have honored Janet for her work. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2013 by the feminist site Vitamin W and named to OUT magazine's Out 100 list, GOOD magazine's GOOD 100, 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.

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