It was a great honor and privilege to read Janet Mock‘s book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.
Janet Mock is a Transgender woman, advocate, New York Times Best Selling Author, and Journalist. She is the founder of the hashtag, #girlslikeus.
As a queer gay women I strive to be the best ally I can be. Especially for Transgender rights and pushing the voices of those who identify as trans forward. Something familiar that I also read in Mock’s book is how the T in LGBT doesn’t seem as included as the acronym would suggest. This is a constant and disturbing reality for me, who considers themselves apart of the LGBT community. It is hard for me to want to identify as such when people within the community are not inclusive. Therefore I do what I can to support, ally, and show my inclusivity of the ‘T’.
This blog post is not a book review, it is a book worship. When someone can be so vulnerable to share their whole story, unabashedly, I am in awe and gratitude. For me my favorite part was Mock’s love story. She is so deserving of this love. Not because she is transgender but because she is whole, human, and willing to have a voice. I believe everyone deserves love and for all the life work that she has done she shows that anything is possible.
Reading Mock’s book I did not judge, criticize, or pity any of her experiences. I read eagerly about her life and what it meant to become Janet. Mock’s writing eloquently transforms her life into a page turner that I am thankful to have read. I don’t want to give anything away because you must read it for yourself.
“You must define yourself for yourself or be crushed up by other peoples’ fantasies of who you are” ~ Audre Lorde
Janet Mock is the host of her own show on MSNBC, So POPular! It wasn’t until this year that I had Janet on my radar. But it was 2011 that she first shared her story in a Marie Claire feature. I am now enamored by the gorgeous Janet Mock. She inspired me to realize speaking your truth and being you are beautiful things. I look forward to following what else she will be up to on her Journey. I’m sure there are great things in store as she just got married to her love in Hawaii this past November. Reading her personal essay in Brides made me want to believe in fairy tales again. Life is not magic but what you make of your life can be.