Redefining Realness: A Salon in honor of Janet Mock

Janet Mock, Brittney Cooper, Che Gossett, Reina Gossett, CeCe McDonald, and Mey Valdivia Rude

Janet Mock

This year’s salon focuses on a 
new memoir by writer Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path 
to Womanhood, Identity, Love &
 So Much More, which relates the author’s experience as a young 
trans woman of color working
 in mainstream media. In 2012,
 Mock, who served as a Staff Editor for for five years, launched the social media project #GirlsLikeUs which aims to raise 
the visibility of trans women. She currently travels the country speaking about her experience of living at 
the intersections of identities.

The evening begins with a reading by 
the author, followed by a discussion with scholars, activists, and writers whose work is engaged in the history of media and literary representations of women of color in the U.S., the importance of storytelling in social movements, trans women’s activism, and the role of community and personal relationships in establishing resilience to hostile environments.

This event is free and open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Please note that seating for this event is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis – please plan to arrive early!

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