Best of the Internets: Janet Mock redefines realness with her media presence

By Vanguard Staff Reporter

African-American Janet Mock is a writer and cultural commentator making waves as a leading advocate for trans women’s rights and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster). She speaks about her mission of celebrating self-definition and championing girls and women from all walks of life.

Redefining Realness 
Janet Mock gives a synopsis of her memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, and discusses why she chose to open up about her journey as a young trans woman. This video is part one of a six-part conversation series. See all the videos here.
University of Southern California Commencement Speech
Janet Mock addresses USC’s LGBT graduates and allies at the 18th annual Lavender Celebration, as the first transgender keynote speaker. In her speech Janet discusses the trial of CeCe McDonald, the murder of Paige Clay and the reason why she decided to use her voice as a young trans woman of color.
Janet Mock Flips the Script on Reporter: Asks Her to Prove Her Womanhood
This video follows the on-air feud between Janet Mock and former CNN host Piers Morgan. It made many in the media reconsider perceptions and approaches to stories about and relating to the trans community. In this interview Janet Mock flips the script on Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and has her explain her life as a cisgender woman.

A conversation between Isis King and Janet Mock
America’s Next Top Model’s first transgender contestant, Isis King, sits down with Janet Mock, for a conversation about representations of transgender people in media.
 Janet Mock and Laverne Cox on the stigma of transgender love
Transgender activists Laverne Cox and Janet Mock joined scholar Mark Anthony Neal and The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith for a discussion on a famous New York City DJ’s resignation from his post after  a video was posted of his sexual encounter with a trangender woman.
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