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Author Spotlight: Janet Mock

June 15, 2018 Carina Chernisky
Janet Mock Book Reading Washington DC

Local girl Janet Mock, a New York Times bestselling author, is a compelling advocate for the LGBT movement and for women’s rights. Also a journalist,  producer, and speaker, Mock garnered worldwide attention following a 2011 Marie Claire article that revealed she’d been born a boy, had gender reassignment surgery at 18, and went on to flourish both professionally and personally. From that article:

But talking and writing about my experiences have helped me finally accept the past and celebrate the fact that I was once a big dreamer who happened to be born a boy named Charles. I hope my story resonates with other big dreamers, lets them know that no matter how huge, how insane, how unreasonable or unreachable your goals may seem, nothing — not even your own body — can hold you back if you are certain and fearless and, yes, even a little ballsy in your quest.

She has since embraced her role as a leader and an activist. Her inspiring speech at the January 21, 2017 Women’s March resonated wide and far.

Read her memoirs:

  • Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more (link)
  • Surpassing certainty : what my twenties taught me (link)

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