Janet Mock’s “StoryGiving” Campaign

 
 

Janet Mock, trans activist, writer, founder of #GirlsLikeUs, and one helluva feminist, has written a memoir about her coming of age as a young trans woman of color entitled Redefining Realness. Hailed as a “courageous” book by bell hooks and lauded as a “riveting, emotional, and crisply written testimony” by Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Mock’s memoir will arrive in stores on 4 February. In the meantime, Mock has announced the “Storygiving Campaign,” aimed at providing free copies of her memoir to trans* folk whose finances are limited and cannot purchase the book.

Thoughtfully addressing the systemic, especially economic, oppression faced by the trans* community, Mock understands the challenge of accessibility faced by the community to get a hold of and read stories by them and for them, explaining on her website, “[a]s Redefining Realness makes its way into the world, I’m aware that accessibility remains an issue. If low-income trans folk can’t afford the book, how will they have an opportunity to see themselves reflected in its pages?”

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The ingenious “Storygiving Campaign” provides an opportunity for those of us—those of us with the financial means and/or those of us in the cisgender community who want to address our privilege in a substantive way—to facilitate coalition building through assisting in the dissemination of this undoubtedly significant personal narrative.

Visit her website to participate in this campaign. 

 
 

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