“Redefining Realness is a riveting, emotional, crisply written testimony. I couldn’t put it down. I aspire to be as unflinchingly brave! Janet Mock’s story simultaneously embodies, complicates and subverts the concept of American exceptionalism and self-creation.”
If you haven’t do so already, please order your copy now!
I’ve made it in THE Essence, as we black girls lovingly call the magazine. Pick up the January 2014 issue now for an exclusive excerpt of my upcoming book Redefining Realness.
Eighteen years ago I got my first library card and fell in love with books. My first love was Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. That story reflected me, filled me with a sense of possibility, and gave me license to dream of a world where I could be exactly who I was and live to tell my own story.
That day is on the horizon with the February 4th release of my first book Redefining Realness. Now, I ask that you join me on this journey as an integral member of Team #RedefiningRealness to ensure this book and its message reaches as many readers as possible.
Team #RedefiningRealness will be my inner circle of trusted comrades, and will have access to private video chats, early, unreleased chapters, and exclusive news and updates.
Our team will be made of loyal, passionate, skilled DOers who want to volunteer their talent, time and tweets to this book’s message of being ourselves - no matter what.
To join the team you must enjoy working with others in a respectful and supportive way, care deeply about fighting for the creation of a world where we can all be our authentic selves, and fill out this signup form.
Please re-blog this invitation so the talented, creative DOers you know can join us!
My book, which was previously called Fish Food, has a new title:
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.
It’ll be released in February 2014 via Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Inspired by the release of Lovemme Corazón’s memoir, I decided to write this post on my blog, answering, “Why don’t we have more books by trans women of color?”
"Yes I said tricks. I wasn’t arrested for selling lollipops, honey," Ceyenne Doroshow, author of Cooking in Heels, a memoir cookbook published by the Red Umbrella Diaries, said in front of an audience that I was blessed to be a part of last night in New York.
"By kicking a child out, they figure out how to sell lollipops to survive. It’s par for the course," said Ceyenne, who worked in the sex trade and was arrested for doing so. While in jail, she came up with the idea to write a memoir-cookbook that would empower other trans women.
With the financial backing of Kickstarter and the support of her co-author Audacia Ray, the director of the Red Umbrella Project which amplifies the voices of people in the sex trade, Ceyenne’s book was celebrated at a Red Umbrella-sponsored event, where friends and family toasted the author.
It was inspiring to hear Ceyenne, a trans woman who lives so fiercely, tell her story in her own words and share it with the world. It’s even more inspiring when you take into account the fact that we rarely hear the voices of trans women of color who engage in the sex trade. Most are killed and others are devalued and told to stay in the darkness of the night. We, as a community, cannot continue to pick and choose who is worthy of being heard.
I am one who believes wholeheartedly in the revolutionary power of storytelling and for Ceyenne to share her soul, her food and her life with us through this book is empowering.
Learn more about Cooking in Heels here and be sure to get a copy!
Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal LIfe of Hernrietta Lacks, Tweeted to editors on behalf of my unsold memoir this morning, which she stumbled upon after reading my piece for xojane on The Huffington Post.
I thought I’d share this little gem that made my morning.