Black History Month Exhibit and Lecture

“The Beauties, Challenges, and Implications of Being Black and Trans”

During Georgia Tech’s Fourth Annual Black History Month Lecture, presented by AASU, Institute Diversity, and LGBTQIA Resource Center, Janet Mock, a black transgender woman activist and media personality, will discuss the beauties, challenges, and implications of being black and trans. Please join us on February 15 at 3 p.m. in Student Center Ballroom as Janet Mock will examine:

·       What is unique and important about the perspectives and experiences that the black transgender community can bring to social justice movements, particularly racial justice and queer/transgender liberation movements?

·       What are some of the most pressing issues facing the transgender community today, especially transgender people of color?

·       What can students and employees at Georgia Tech do to elevate the voices and promote equity and safety for the black transgender community, particularly in the current political climate? 


More about Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate whose memoir, Redefining Realness, debuted on The New York Times’ Bestsellers list in 2014. Her second book about her twenties will be released in June 2017 with Atria Books. She is a sought-after speaker, an advocate for trans women’s rights, and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women.

A millennial media powerhouse, Mock began her career as a staff editor for where she worked for five years. She has since worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, a contributing editor for Marie Claire, and a host for MSNBC, where she helmed the groundbreaking series — “So POPular!” Mock also hosted the Global Citizen Festival in 2015 and will executive produce and front the 2017 MSNBC original series, “Beyond My Body.”

Born in Hawaii, her story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a Marie Claire article in 2011. Since then, Mock has become one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in media. TIME called her one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.”

Mock has been interviewed on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (February 2015), “The Colbert Report” (February 2014), and “The Nightly Show” (June 2015), and was featured in the HBO documentary The Out List (2013). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Marie Claire, and The Advocate, where she wrote the 2015 cover story on Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson. The Ms. Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Feminist Press, GLSEN, Shorty Awards, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have all honored Mock for her work, and she has appeared on the Out 100, Root 100 and GOOD 100 lists.

Mock attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and serves on the board of the Arcus Foundation. She lives in New York City with her husband, photographer and filmmaker Aaron Tredwell, and their cockapoo, Cleo.