Janet Mock in 2011
March 9, 1984 |
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
|Known for||Transgender activist|
Early life and education
Mock was born Charles in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Hawaii and Oakland, California. At age 16, she was a sex worker. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She has a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandizing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.[when?] She underwent sex reassignment surgery in Thailand at age 18 in the middle of her freshman year in college.She came out as a trans woman in 2011 in an article in Marie Claire entitled "I Was Born a Boy." However, in 2014, while promoting her book Redefining Realness, she said she did not choose the article's title and found it to have many problems. She chose the name "Janet" after Janet Jackson.
Mock creates transgender-specific programs and education for the LGBTQ youth center of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which operates Harvey Milk High School, a high school for LGBT teens in New York City.
Also in 2012, she gave the Lavender Commencement keynote speech honoring LGBT students at the University of Southern California. She also served as co-chair, nominee and presenter at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards.
She is featured in an LGBT documentary, The OUT List, which premiered on June 21, 2013 at the Olympia Theater and Office Building in Miami and screened on HBO on June 27, 2013. She is also featured in a 2011 documentary called Dressed. On November 14, 2013 Mock was honored as a member of the OUT100, Out Magazine's 100 "most compelling people of the year" and introduced Laverne Cox as the recipient of the Reader's Choice Award at the event.
Mock has written a memoir which was initially announced as being called Fish Food, but was later changed to Redefining Realness, which was released in February of 2014.   In February 2014, to promote her book, she appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. The book made the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction. 
Honors and awards
GBMNews.com named Mock one of the "15 Most Powerful Gay Celebrities Of 2012".
Mock was included in the Trans 100, the first annual list recognizing 100 transgender advocates in the United States, and gave the keynote speech at the launch event, March 29, 2013 in Chicago.
Mock lives in New York City with her boyfriend, photographer Aaron Tredwell.
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- Claire Pires. "Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Experiences As A Trans Sex Worker At Age 16". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- Mayo, Kierna (May 18, 2011). "I Was Born a Boy". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Author Janet Mock returns to "Piers Morgan Live" for a second interview – Piers Morgan - CNN.com Blogs". Piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- Janet Mock (2014). Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Atria Books. p. 10. ISBN 978-1476709123.
- "The Latest, Greatest Face of the Trans Movement: 5 Amazing Janet Mock Facts | Healthy Living - Yahoo Shine". Shine.yahoo.com. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- James, Nathan. "15 Most Powerful Gay Celebrities Of 2012". GBMNews. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- Why I Started #GirlsLikeUs JanetMock.com, Retrieved 2013-09-18
- A Year Later, #girlslikeus Have Much More To Say
- Janet Mock Talks Transgender Sisterhood, Visibility and #GirlsLikeUs
- Mighty Real: Janet Mock: With her new memoir, Redefining Realness, Janet Mock shares her journey as a transgender woman with honesty, eloquence and without apologies
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- "Janet Mock Joins Arcus Foundation Board of Directors". Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- "HBO Miami Red-Carpet Premiere Of THE OUT LIST". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More: Janet Mock: 9781476709123: Amazon.com: Books
- Johnson, Keosha (2012-02-15). "TheGrio's 100: Janet Mock, changing perspectives on gender nonconformity". theGrio. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- Mock, Janet (2012-05-02). "A Rallying Cry for CeCe, Paige, and Trans Women Everywhere: Your Lives Matter". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- "Tonight at 9: Author Janet Mock returns for a live interview – Piers Morgan - CNN.com Blogs". Piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- Trans advocate Janet Mock dreams bigger after ‘Redefining Realness’ - The Washington Post
- "Janet Mock Receives Sylvia Rivera Activist Award". Elixher. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- About the Trans 100
- 'Trans 100' And 'Trans* H4CK' Events To Be Held In Chicago
- 100 Amazing Trans Americans You Should Know: The inaugural Trans 100 List celebrates groundbreaking work being done by trans people across the country.
- "Google's International Women's Day Doodle Includes Trans Women". The Advocate.
- Hermione Hoby Published at 4:02PM, October 22 2011 (2011-10-22). "The day I told my boyfriend I was born a boy". The Times. Retrieved 2014-02-06.