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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. In February 2014, her memoir Fish Food will be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster.
After sharing her teenage transition story through Marie Claire, the It Gets Better Project and xoJane in 2011, Janet concentrated her efforts on speaking out about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of trans women like herself.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet founded the Twitter project #GirlsLikeUs which aims to raise the diverse visibility of trans women, travels the country speaking about gender justice, and is currently at work on her book.
Janet has appeared on MSNBC, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight and In the Life and her commentary has been featured in The Telegraph, NPR, London Times magazine, Sirius Radio, BuzzFeed, Loop21, Colorlines and TakePart Media.
In 2012, Janet fulfilled a dream when the Sylvia Rivera Law Project – an organization created in the legacy of Janet’s personal hero Stonewall Riots veteran and transgender activist Sylvia Rivera – honored her for her advocacy. She was also named one of the Top 13 Women of Color to Watch by the Center for American Progress, the Huffington Post’s 23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community, The Grio’s 100 most influential people, Sundance‘s Top 10 LGBT voices, Huffington Post’s LGBT History Month Icon of the Day, and a nominee for a GLAAD Media Awards and the first-ever Women’s Media Center Social Media Award.
Janet attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, worked as a Staff Editor for People.com (People magazine’s website) for more than five years, and currently develops programming for trans youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York.
She lives and writes in New York City with her boyfriend, photographer and filmmaker Aaron Tredwell, and can next be seen in the documentary The Out List (formerly The LGTBQQA List) by photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders in June 2013.
You can connect with Janet on Facebook and Twitter, where she tweets about pop culture, social justice, her favorite curly hair products and lip colors, and of course #girlslikeus. You can also read her blog, listen to her podcast, and keep up with her writing on xojane and the Huffington Post.