Janet Mock, People.com Editor Reveals She Is Transgender
People.com editor and popular blogger Janet Mock revealed some shocking information in her interview with Marie Claire Magazine.
The 28-year-old editor opened up to the publication and admitted that she is transgender, and was in fact born a boy.
Mock tells Marie Claire:
“Once, when I was 5-years-old, a little girl who lived next door to my grandmother dared me to put on a muumuu and run across a nearby parking lot. So I did.
I threw it on, hiked it up in one hand, and ran like hell. It felt amazing to be in a dress. But suddenly my grandmother appeared, a look of horror on her face.
I knew immediately that I had crossed some kind of line.
While on these hormones, I lost my virginity at age 17 to a guy I met while I was working at a boutique.
He knew my background but said he didn’t care. Even though I trusted him, I couldn’t relax and insisted on keeping the lights off.”
The writer spoke openly about her upbringing in Honolulu, Hawaii, and life as a transgender, but also told her story on her own website:
“As puberty began to hit in middle school, my body began to change, betraying Janet.
It was difficult living in a body that did not reflect me at my best self, and it became the central drama of my first 18 years.
During the eighth grade, I began incorporating cosmetics (Lipsmackers, Wet N Wild eyeliner, CoverGirl compacts) into my beauty regimen.
I was teased, taunted and targeted for this gender variance, but my accomplishments and involvement in school soon overshadowed my non-conformity.
By freshman year, I was dressing as my female self and was soon known as Janet through the halls of my high school in Kalihi, a tough part of Honolulu.
But writing about famous people only allowed me to express a minutiae of my talents. My wakeup call to a higher purpose came in the fall of 2010.
It was apparent that being different (whether you were gay or transgender, overweight or rail-thin, dark or albino) was a matter of life or death.
I knew that writing my memoir Fish Food in silence was no longer an option. I had to speak up.”
Then she continued
rom my very first memories to my gender reassignment surgery in 2001, my journey to unite my soul and body is detailed in broad strokes for Marie Claire readers. I worked closely with the reporter, who interviewed me at home, and the editors of MC, so that we effectively communicated the nuance of my journey of transition through high school. It needed to be right because it was not only my story; it’s the story of thousands of kids who are currently transitioning and others who soon will be and those who have already battled the beast of their own bodies.But I do wish I could change one thing in the piece: the term “boy” which is used a few times. Overall I’m fine with it because technically I was a “boy,” but two instances still don’t feel right. The first instance proclaims, “Until she was 18, Janet was a boy,” and then it goes on to say, “I even found other boys like me there…” Though I did not write the article, it is written in my voice from a four-hour interview and follow-up correspondences. But the surgery did not make me a girl. The surgery just got rid of my male parts. I was always a girl.
Being female was my one and only conviction.
Despite that minor misstep, the piece does a good job at putting a face out there for a whole generation of young trapped dreamers by showing that despite your circumstance you can become you dream and still hope for so much more. The main reason for my so-called “coming out” is to reach across my little space in this world and speak directly to kids who feel different and feel like outcasts and struggle with their bodies and endure the teasing and the bullying and the taunting. There are kids just like me who need to see people like them reflected on TV and in books and in the pages of magazines like Marie Claire.
This has become my life’s mission.
I know that stories have the power to heal, to inspire and to makes us realize that we are not alone. I’ll continue to share more stories of my upbringing and my life in general on my blog and in my most important work, my memoir Fish Food, which I hope will encourage you to pursue your life’s work and your wildest dreams.
For more on Janet’s story of transition and finding love – plus, an exclusive photo shoot – pick up the June 2011 issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.