photo by Aaron Tredwell
photo by Aaron Tredwell

By Erin McCalla

Trans activist and New York Times best selling author Janet Mock will speak at the Garden Theater on Wednesday, April 9 at 7p.

Mock and Columbus trans activist Cherno Biko will discuss their shared experiences as young trans women of color from low income backgrounds as well as how they have learned to “navigate personal, social and political spaces.”

After the conversation, Mock will answer questions from the audience, read from and sign copies of her best-selling book, Redefining Realness.

Mock made headlines recently after appearing on Piers Morgan Live while promoting the book. The interview was called “contentious” and “controversial” after Morgan and producers of the show focused on Mock’s past and physical transition in order to sensationalize her story.

Biko met Mock in Chicago for The Trans 100 event that lists the 100 trans people from across the country who are currently alive and active in making Trans people’s lives better.

“We actually stayed together … and of course there was a lot of girl talk realness,” Biko said. “I shared with her my discrimination case pending with the city and how so many Trans folks don’t have health care. And she was like, ‘Girl, I’ll be in Ohio next week; do you need me to come to Columbus?’ I couldn’t refuse the offer.”

After Columbus, Mock will speak at Miami University in Oxford on April 10.

The event at the Garden Theater is free but donations of $5-$20 are suggested to help sponsor travel arrangements for Biko to present at the 2014 Black Trans Advocacy Conference in Dallas.


The Garden Theater is located at 1187 N High St. Cocktails will be served at 6p and the conversation will start at 7p. To reserve tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.


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