More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
People.com Editor Comes Out as Transsexual
Janet Mock is an editor at People.com, a popular blogger, co-host of the podcast The Missing Piece, and the author of a new memoir in which she'll share another piece of her story - her journey to come out as a transsexual woman.
She told her story to writer Kierna Mayo for a very personal and touching article published by Marie Claire.
After high school graduation, many of my classmates were throwing big graduation parties and buying new cars. Those kids went looking for good times and great memories, but I was desperately searching for one thing only: a chance to be in the right body for the first time in my entire life.
Two weeks after the surgery, I was in class at the University of Hawaii, finally focusing on something other than my gender. Four years later, I left Hawaii, a beautiful, confident woman armed with a journalism degree and bound for graduate school and a career in New York City.
Janet talks about how she decided to tell her story on the latest episode of her podcast, and she has created a video for the It Gets Better project talking about her life.
Janet's story should be an inspiration to parents and young people around the world, and we applaud and thank her for sharing it with all of us. Hopefully she inspires more LGBT people to tell their stories.