Today we're celebrating activist, author, and director Janet Mock. After growing up in Oakland and Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet attended the University of Hawaii (the first in her family to attend college) and moved to New York City for graduate school to pursue journalism. Janet has been a journalist in the publishing world for many years, starting as an editor and writer at People magazine. It was in 2011 via Marie Claire magazine that Janet came out as transgender, and since then she's been heralded as one of the most influential activists for trans rights.

She already has two published books on the shelves – her first memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, followed by Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. Janet continues to make history every day. In 2018, she became the first transgender woman of color to write and direct a major network TV episode, for Pose on FX. And most recently, Janet Mock guest edited Out Magazine's March issue: a dedication to Women's History Month which features five Black queer and trans women who are moving things forward across race, sexuality, gender and class on the cover.

Keep up with Janet through her podcast, Never Before, which will soon be returning with season 2!