Álainn or Appallin’: Janet Mock
Former people.com editor Janet Mock never intended to be an icon but that is exactly what she is. Coming out as a transgender woman in May 2011 Mock did an interview with Marie Claire entitled I Was Born a Boy. The open and frank account of her life was, and still is, deeply moving and lead her on the path to become an amazing advocate for our community.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet was educated in the University of Hawaii as well as doing graduate work with the school of journalism, NYU. She is both a writer and an activist, working out of Harvey Milk High School NY as part of the Hetrick-Martin Institute where she is involved in the education of LGBT youth, specifically creating transgender-specific programs.
Her achievements and awards are constantly growing, this month she received the Sylvia Rivera Activist Award, saying, in an interview with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project:
Every time there’s a trans woman of color [in the media], she’s getting killed. It wrecks at our souls. It chips away.
She has also been given a place on “The Grio’s 100 most influential people” and “Sundance Channel’s top 10 LGBT voices” as well as GBM News naming her one of the “15 Most Powerful Gay Celebrities Of 2012″. Mock was co-chair, nominee and presenter at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards, come on Janet, leave something for someone else will ye!
Janet’s Twitter campaign #GirlsLikeUs is a massive success and is deeply empowering for anyone to read, she also has a great personal feed, @janetmock, so get following. You can also follow her as she writes articles for the Huffington Post on a regular basis.