Janet Mock Advocate and author, 'Redefining Realness'

Janet Mock is a writer and advocate who wrote the memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria/Simon & Schuster).

After publicly claiming her identity as a trans woman in 2011, Mock focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched the social media project #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly.

Mock has been featured in the HBO documentary The Out List and regularly contributes to MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show. Janet is a board member at the Arcus Foundation and has been recognized by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Anti-Violence Project, and the Center for American Progress.

She attended her hometown college, the University of Hawaii, earned her MA in journalism from NYU, and worked as a Staff Editor at People.com. She lives and writes in New York City, and can be found on Twitter @janetmock and Facebook.