TheGrio Recognizes Trans Advocate Janet Mock

In honor of Black History Month, theGrio reflects on black America’s past as well as America’s future. The news site recently announced theGrio’s 100 list, class of 2012, a list that “highlights the best, not just from the black community, but from all of America. These are 100 individuals with stories of perseverance, ingenuity, and triumph that define the American dream, and provide hope to black, white, brown, gay, straight, rich, poor, Republicans and Democrats alike.” On this year’s list, theGrio recognizes Janet Mock, trans advocate and People.com editor.

In describing Janet, theGrio wrote:

“Janet Mock is making history … as an advocate for transgender individuals. By putting her story in the national spotlight, Janet, previously known as just another young, black professional woman, has challenged the stigma surrounding gender identity.”

Last year Janet told her story to writer Kierna Mayo for a very personal and touching article published by Marie Claire. The article is currently nominated for a GLAAD 2012 Media Award in the “Outstanding Magazine Article” category.

GLAAD commends theGrio for an inclusive list that recognizes the contributions of LGBT people of color. We congratulate Janet Mock on this well-deserved recognition.

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