Updated: Apr 18, 2019
Janet Mock's says, 'We're all searching for truth.'
For her, redefining realness was about taping into her authentic self, asking herself, "Who am I to me?" Irregardless of your gender. Irregardless of your sexuality.
Here, she speaks with Oprah about her captivating journey as written about in her New York Times bestselling memoir, Redefining Realness.
In her conversation with Oprah, she recalls as early as Kindergarten, she had to begin compromising her self, when she was given her first literal box that defined her. It was a little blue box labelled 'Charles' and she was supposed to put her belongings into this box. Mock says she just knew she didn't belong there. .
'Who can you trust, when you know as a 5-year-old, you don't feel the way everyone tells you, you have to be?' says, Mock.
Janet Mock is an American writer, TV host, and transgender rights activist. Her debut book, the memoir Redefining Realness, became a New York Times bestseller.
'I came into the world knowing to supposedly trust my mother. Knowing to trust my father... something internal inside me told me constantly that what they are telling me is wrong.'
True acceptance takes courage.
And I don't mean tolerance. We're at a redefining moment in time where we can choose to open our eyes, choose to open our minds and see each other for our real selves.
In the Super Soul podcast, even Oprah admits it's confusing and realizing gender is a spectrum is a new concept for her.
'Who you go to bed WITH is sexuality. Who you go to bed AS is gender.'
Are you who society says you are?
Or are you who you know yourself to be on the inside? And which one is valid. And can we stop qualifying who we are based on those little boxes.
Those little, humongous boxes.