It’s a memoir that is supposed to help us, as the title reads, redefine the concept of realness. In her New York Times best-seller, “Redefining Realness,” activist Janet Mock shares what made her decide to publish her life story as well as the intimate lessons of her childhood and her precocious adolescence.

“I was tired of being silent,” Mock said, explaining why she chose to share her personal story with the public. “I wanted to tell the story that I didn’t have growing up; to tell the story of a trans woman thriving.”

Mock goes on to share her recent blowup with former CNN host Piers Morgan and the profile in Marie Claire where she first told the public her experience as a trans woman of color.

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