Janet Mock Joins Marie Claire
By Michelle Ehrhardt
This marks a return to publishing for Mock. After leaving her position as a staff editor at People.com, Mock published her essay "I Was Born a Boy," in which she came out publicly as a transgender woman, in Marie Claire in 2011. She then launched her #Girlslikeus campaign, which served to empower transgender women worldwide via social media.
Mock, a 2013 Out100 honoree, followed this up by taking a position on the board of directors of the social justice-oriented Arcus Foundation and publishing her powerful and immensely successful memoir. Her website, JanetMock.com, continues to address issues of trans importance as they arise, showing her dedication to the community.
News of Janet’s new position with Marie Claire has garnered support, ranging from Laverne Cox to GLAAD to BlackGirlDangerous. At Advocate.com, Rebecca Juro wrote an op-ed on the news, celebrating it as a sign that the discourse surrounding transgender people seems to be shifting to a point where the trans community is gaining control of how society tells our stories. Juro wrote: “Mock has helped trans women demonstrate that we are real women deserving of the same respect, inclusion, and consideration as any other community of modern American women,” adding that, through Mock’s leadership, more and more trans women are feeling an increased sense of pride, refusing to be hidden or shamed for our identities.
Mock let her audience know that she will be "writing about entertainment and pop culture, social justice and feminism, beauty, and fashion.”