Janet Mock (born March 10, 1983) she is an American writer, television host, director, producer and transgender rights activist. Her debut book, the memoir Redefining Realness, became a New York Times bestseller. She is a contributing editor for Marie Claire and a former staff editor of People magazine's website.
Janet Mock was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the second child in the family. Her father, Charlie Mock III, is African-American, and her mother, Elizabeth (née Barrett), is of half native Hawaiian descent and half Portuguese descent. Mock lived for most of her youth in her native Hawaii, with portions in Oakland, California; and Dallas. She began her transition as a freshman in high school, and funded her medical transition by earning money as a sex worker in her teens.
She played volleyball in high school, a sport she had bonded over with her childhood friend Wendi, who helped Janet express her femininity.
She chose her name Janet after Janet Jackson.She was the first person in her family to go to college. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in Thailand at the age of 18 in the middle of her first year in college. Mock earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University in 2006
Why she's extraordinary: Mock, who will be awarded with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards, is one of the leading voices for transgender rights in the 21st century. With her work on Pose, she became the first transgender woman of color to write and direct a TV episode. She's also a New York Times bestselling author and signed a three year multi-million dollar deal with Netflix in 2019. .
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