Janet Mock's memoir Redefining Realness gave a voice to a community usually silenced within the broader LGBT movement. Her debut book made the New York Times best seller list and has helped spark national conversations about identity and the experience of transgender women of color.
Janet appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report last night for a much less contentious and more informative and funny interview. Mock was given the space to discuss the context of her memoir and the issues facing the community instead of focusing on the process of transitioning. The tongue in cheek comedic style of The Colbert Report showed that a little humor could go a long way in the education process. Too often, transgender people are the butt of the joke and The Colbert Report is no stranger to this. Tumblr blog, Your Moment of Hate dedicated to recording the transphobic jokes made by liberal leaning comedic news shows chronicling about 15 instantences of anti-transgender humor over the last several years. However, Janet Mock's appearance is a testament to how positive growth is possible and is a step towards creating authentic ally relationships.