NYC Pride Week: Janet Mock Shares Her Story with ‘Girls Like Us’

WRITER AND TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST JANET MOCK

WRITER AND TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST JANET MOCK

‘BE PROUD’ OF WHO YOU ARE

Award-winning writer and social justice activist Janet Mock recently took to her blog to reflect on being the only trans woman featured in HBO’s documentary, The OUT List, which airs Thursday night (June 27). She joins some of the most influential people in the LGBT community sharing candid experiences and challenges they still face in society.

“After watching the film I was struck by the undeniable power of testimony, the collective narrative of being unapologetically yourself and the fact that despite the unifying acronym there is not one LGBT experience. And that’s a good thing,” she says in the blog post. “Yet, I did feel lonely being the only trans person in the documentary, which is poignantly representative of the movement’s current focus that tends to see trans people as an afterthought, a gesture of inclusivity.”

Mock, a native of Hawaii, founded the Twitter project #GirlsLikeUs. She travels the country speaking about intersecting issues in social justice, and is a board member at the Arcus Foundation, an advisor for the {young}ist, a young people-powered media site. She also has advised programming for trans youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York.

Keep an eye on this beautiful spirit. Her star is rising on social media with a strong following inspired by such a powerful, uplifting message.

NOTE: This post also appears on Carol Tice’s blog, Make a Living Writing. See who else is featured in July’s holiday weekend edition here.

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Janet Mock: http://janetmock.com/

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