Janet Mock, People.com Editor Reveals She Is Transgender

People.com editor and popular blogger Janet Mock revealed some shocking information in her interview with Marie Claire Magazine.

The 28-year-old editor opened up to the publication and admitted that she is transgender, and was in fact born a boy.

Mock tells Marie Claire:

“Once, when I was 5-years-old, a little girl who lived next door to my grandmother dared me to put on a muumuu and run across a nearby parking lot. So I did.

I threw it on, hiked it up in one hand, and ran like hell. It felt amazing to be in a dress. But suddenly my grandmother appeared, a look of horror on her face.

I knew immediately that I had crossed some kind of line.

While on these hormones, I lost my virginity at age 17 to a guy I met while I was working at a boutique.

He knew my background but said he didn’t care. Even though I trusted him, I couldn’t relax and insisted on keeping the lights off.”

The writer spoke openly about her upbringing in Honolulu, Hawaii, and life as a transgender, but also told her story on her own website:

“As puberty began to hit in middle school, my body began to change, betraying Janet.

It was difficult living in a body that did not reflect me at my best self, and it became the central drama of my first 18 years.

During the eighth grade, I began incorporating cosmetics (Lipsmackers, Wet N Wild eyeliner, CoverGirl compacts) into my beauty regimen.

I was teased, taunted and targeted for this gender variance, but my accomplishments and involvement in school soon overshadowed my non-conformity.

By freshman year, I was dressing as my female self and was soon known as Janet through the halls of my high school in Kalihi, a tough part of Honolulu.

But writing about famous people only allowed me to express a minutiae of my talents. My wakeup call to a higher purpose came in the fall of 2010.

It was apparent that being different (whether you were gay or transgender, overweight or rail-thin, dark or albino) was a matter of life or death.

I knew that writing my memoir Fish Food in silence was no longer an option. I had to speak up.”

Read more about Janet Mock’s transgender story here.

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