I am happy to say that we have come a long way with acceptance and equal rights for the LGBTQ community but we still have so far to go. Here on I’m Lovin Myself, we acceptant everyone for who they are without exception. This week’s Spotlight Thursday is a true pioneer, speaker, and influencer in the transgender community and I am so excited to recognize her and the work she does today. Let’s talk about….
I literally have no idea where to begin with Janet because she has done so much! After coming out as transgender in 2011, Janet has been a powerhouse and unstoppable force of nature. She became a national bestselling author for her memoir Redefining Realness in 2014. She is the host of her own weekly talk show called SO POPular on MSNBC where she speaks about what’s going on in Hollywood, the black community, and black issues that are plaguing the US. On top of her hosting gig, she is also a contributing editor for the women’s magazine Marie Claire and a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. And to add a cherry on top of this long list of accomplishments, she is also the founder of #GirlsLikeUs which empowers and inspires transgender women in social media.
Janet uses her fame and platform to spread awareness about the LGBTQ community and to make powerful memorable statements. In this amazing clip, Janet asks the now famous question, “Who am I to me?” This clip sent shockwaves through social media when it came out in November of 2015 and is still talked about today.
Janet made heads spin (in a good way) again later that same month when she addressed the growing amount of violence towards transgender women and people of color. In her broadcast, she calls attention to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and how it tends to leave out transgender minority women.
Janet Mock is most definitely a positive remodel and outspoken activist for the transgender and black community. She makes me proud to be a woman and I love that she takes the time to inspire others through her words, work, and actions. She speaks to the body positive movement because she is true to herself and now provides a voice for those who aren’t being heard. Go follow Janet on Facebook and Twitter and use #GirlsLikeUs to spread the love!