Another reason why it’s worth keeping up with the blog Feministing – I found the link to this very good interview there:
It’s wonderful that Laverne Cox has been given the opportunity to expand the range of work open to trans actresses.
Janet Mock (author of Redefining Realness), former staff editor of People magazine’s website, recently wrote an open letter to Jane Doe, the 16-year old incarcerated in Connecticut who had less recently written a letter to her Governor, Dannel Malloy. Here is the link to Mock’s letter. If you do not know the story of Jane Doe, you might want to read Harvey Fierstein’s letter to the New York Times.
Here’s part of the Wiki article about Ms. Mock:
Mock was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Hawaii and Oakland, California. At age 16, she was a sex worker. She was the first person in her family to go to college. She has a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandizing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in Thailand at age 18 in the middle of her freshman year in college.
She came out publicly as a trans woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, but took issue with how they misgendered her by stating she was born, and raised, as a boy. “I was born in what doctor’s proclaim is a boy’s body. I had no choice in the assignment of my sex at birth… My genital reconstructive surgery did not make me a girl. I was always a girl.”