This Is Who I Am Now
Bestselling author Janet Mock talks about the pivotal moment when she revealed her true gender at a 10th grade high school assembly.
JANET: I remember after the summer of my freshman year in high school, I finally began to socially and medically transition. And so I was going by Janet. I was taking hormones. I was living my life in my true identity and my true gender. And so when I returned to school in the 10th grade, we had a back to school kind of assembly for sophomores. And I remember, it was my turn to go on stage and I was finally confident in the way that I was presenting. I was wearing clothes that I chose with the name that I chose. And I stood on that stage and grabbed the microphone and reintroduced myself at 15 as Janet. I acknowledged to my classmates and to my peers that, I know that you all knew me in a certain way in the ninth grade, but this is who I am. And I'm one of your class leaders.
And that was probably the first time that I truly revealed who I was on a public stage and really just kind of owned who I was. When I look back, that kind of self-assuredness still kind of stuns me, because I couldn't imagine being a 15-year-old standing on such a stage going through these life experiences and this shift in my life and standing there and kind of telling people to follow my lead and to respect my name, my pronouns, and my gender.