On Thursday, Janet Mock is going to be delivering the OSDP Keynote Lecture at Gannett Auditorium. Mock is a former editor at Peoples Magazine, the author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, and instigator of #GirlsLikeUs, a viral Twitter movement to promote trans women visibility and pride.
Mock came out publicly as a trans woman in 2011 and since has been writing and speaking about her experience and identity and the importance of trans activism. She’s been given accolades left and right for her work–just take a look at the honors featured on her site:
The Anti-Violence Project, ADCOLOR Awards and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have honored Janet for her work. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2013 by the feminist site Vitamin W and named to OUT magazine’s Out 100 list, GOOD magazine’s GOOD 100, the Center for American Progress’s 13 Women of Color to Watch, the Huffington Post’s 23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community and The Grio’s 100 most influential African-Americans. Her work has been nominated for a Women’s Media Center Award and a GLAAD Media Award.
She’s spoken all over the world about her life and passion for social justice and tomorrow she’ll be at Gannett at 7pm speaking to you.