Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and producer whose memoir, Redefining Realness, debuted on The New York Times bestsellers list in 2014. Her second book, Surpassing Certainty, a memoir about her twenties, was released this past summer with Atria Books. She is a sought-after speaker, an advocate for trans women’s rights, and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women. This past year Variety named her one of its 2017 “Power of Women,” she was featured on Ebony’s Power 100 list, and the PEN Center USA honored her with an Award of Honor during their 27th annual Literary Awards Festival. Currently, Mock is making TV history as the first trans woman of color to write and produce for a series with Ryan Murphy’s latest FX drama Pose, which has assembled the largest cast of trans actors in series regular roles ever for a scripted series.
Born in Hawaii, Mock began her career as an editor at People.com and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Interview and Allure. She has also worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and a host for MSNBC, where she helmed the groundbreaking series — So POPular!— interviewing Lena Dunham, Salma Hayek and Issa Rae. Mock also produced and conducted all interviews for the HBO documentary, The Trans List.
TIME called Mock one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.” She's appeared on the covers of ELIXIR, Paper, Out and Riposte magazines, and she's been interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Wendy Williams, Desus & Mero and Real Time with Bill Maher (February 2015). Mock was also featured in Jay-Z’s music video for “Family Feud,” which also features Beyoncé, Mindy Kaling and Rosario Dawson. The Ms. Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Feminist Press, GLSEN, Shorty Awards and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have all honored Mock for her work.
A native of Honolulu, Mock attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her M.A. in journalism from New York University, and serves on the board of the Arcus Foundation. She lives in New York City with her husband, photographer and filmmaker Aaron Tredwell, and their cockapoo Cleo.