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Trans: Sexuality, Gender, Race and Identity: Researching Janet Mock’s “Redefining Realness”

The 2017-2018 Campus Community Book Project addresses the topic of the intersection of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and racial identities, and features author Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.

This resource list introduces readers to important readings and resources that can unfold the themes and questions that emerge from Mock’s book.

In addition to a visit and presentation by Janet Mock, UC Davis has prepared a series of events (films, presentations, and workshops) that explore identity, sexuality, and the construction of gender and racial formations in relation to historical and contemporary social forces, including a talk by professor Josephson on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, titled: Protecting the Vulnerable? Immigration Detention Policies and Trans Migrants (12:00 – 1:00 pm, in Garrison Room, Memorial Union, UC Davis)

The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness.

For more about the Campus Community Book Project go to

Janet Mock at Sydney Opera House 2017

By and About Janet Mock

Janet Mock’s Website

  • Mock, Janet. “Janet Mock | Author, Advocate & TV Host.” 2017. Accessed August 7.

Books by Janet Mock

  • Mock, Janet author. 2014. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & so Much More. First Atria paperback edition.. New York: Atria Paperback.
  • Mock, Janet. 2017. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me. New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster.
  • Mock, Janet and Mark Seliger. 2016. On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories. New York: Rizzoli.
  • Mock, Janet. 2015. “The Free Girl Who is Everything.” In: Brodsky, Alexandra, and Rachel Kauder-Nalebuff. The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future. New York, NY: Feminist Press.


Further Reading

  • Amnesty International USA. 2005. Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in the U.S. New York, N.Y.: Amnesty International USA.
  • Arnal, Kike. 2014. Bordered Lives: Transgender Portraits from Mexico. New York: The New Press.
  • Bassichis, Morgan. “Reclaiming Queer & Trans Safety.” The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, South End Press, 2011, pp. 5-24.
  • Beauchamp, Toby. “Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11.” Surveillance and Society, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2009, pp. 356-366.
  • Beemyn, Genny, and Sue Rankin. 2011. The Lives of Transgender People. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Besnier, Niko, and Kalissa Alexeyeff. 2014. Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders.
  • Bettcher, Talia Mae. “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: On Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion,” Hypatia Vol. 22, No. 3, 2007, pp. 43-65.
  • Brill, Stephanie A, and Rachel Pepper. 2008. The Transgender Child. San Francisco, Calif.: Cleis Press.
  • Bronski, Michael, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico. 2013. “You Can Tell Just by Looking”: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Brown Boi Project. 2011. Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois, Oakland: Brown Boi Project.
  • Brubaker, Rogers. 2016. Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, 2nd edition, AK Press, 2015.
  • Chiang, Howard. 2012. Transgender China. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Clare, Eli. Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Cotten, Trystan T. 2012. Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition. New York: Routledge.
  • Currah, Paisley, Richard M Juang, and Shannon Minter. 2006. Transgender Rights. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Davis, Heath Fogg. 2017. Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? New York: NYU Press.
  • Enke, Anne. Ed. 2012. Transfeminist Perspectives: in and beyond Transgender and Gender Sttudies, , Temple University Press.
  • Erickson-Schroth, Laura. 2014. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. New York : Oxford University Press.
  • Espejo, Roman. 2011. Transgender People. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Greenhaven Press.
  • Feinberg, Leslie. 1998. Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press.
  • Gan, Jessi. 2017. “‘Still at the back of the bus’: Sylvia Rivera’s struggle.” CENTRO Journal. Vol XIX, no 1: 125-139.
  • Gehi, Pooja. “Struggles from the Margins: Anti-Immigrant Legislation and the Impact on Low-Income Transgender People of Color.” Women’s Rights Law Report, 30, 2008, pp. 315-346.
  • Girshick, Lori B. 2008. Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men. Hanover: University Press of New England.
  • Glover, Julian Kevon. 2016. “Redefining Realness?: On Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, TS Madison, and the Representation of Transgender Women of Color in Media.” Souls 18 (2–4): 338–357.
  • Halberstam, Judith. 2006. In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York: New York University Press.
  • Harris, Tamara Winfrey. 2015. “Revisiting Black Macho.” Ms. 25 (3): 30–31.
  • Hines, Sally, and Tam Sanger. 2010. Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity. New York: Routledge.
  • Hunter, Nan D, Courtney G Joslin, and Sharon M McGowan. 2004. The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People: The Authoritative ACLU Guide to the Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People. New York: New York University Press.
  • Kuklin, Susan. 2014. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Somerville, MA.: Candlewick Press.
  • MacKenzie, Gordene Olga. 1994. Transgender Nation. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.
  • Martinez-San Miguel,Yolanda and Sarah Tobles. Ed.s. 2016. Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities, New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers.
  • Mogul, Joey L., Andrea L. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock. 2011. Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Namaste, Viviane K. 2000. Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Nutt, Amy Ellis. 2016. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family. New York: Random House.
  • Ochoa, Marcia. 2014. Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Phillips, John. 2006. Transgender on Screen. Basingstoke: New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Prieur, Annick. 1998. Mema’s house, Mexico City: on transvestites, queens, and machos. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Raz, Hilda. 2011. Trans. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press.
  • Serano, Julia. 2013. Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
  • Serano, Julia. 2007. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
  • Sharpe, Andrew N. 2002. Transgender Jurisprudence: Dysphoric Bodies of Law. London: Cavendish Pub.
  • Shultz, Jackson Wright. 2015. Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press.
  • Spade, Dean. 2015. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, 2nd edition, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Stryker, Susan and Stephen Whittle. Ed.s. 2006. The Transgender Studies Reader. New York: Routledge.
  • Stryker, Susan, and Aren Z Aizura. 2013. The Transgender Studies Reader 2, New York: Routledge.
  • Stryker, Susan. 2008. Transgender History. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
  • Teich, Nicholas M. 2012. Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Trystan Cotton, Trystan. Ed. 2011. Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders and Politics of Transition. New York: Routledge.
  • Valentine, David. 2007. Imagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a Category. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Campus and Community Resources

Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is the campus department through which groups register as a student organization at UC Davis. We are here to help groups operate successfully on campus and to support the educational experience which organizations provide for student members – as well as the entire campus community.

Cross Cultural Center

Born out of student activism and political struggle, the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center provides a culturally relevant community space where student voices can be expressed and respected. The CCC cultivates critical consciousness and cultural competency by providing learning opportunities at the crossroads of the many aspects of our identities and experiences. By embracing our cultural and intellectual heritage, the CCC supports student leadership in advancing our collective vision for community empowerment and social justice.

LGBTQIA+ Resource Center

Provides an open, safe, inclusive space and community that is committed to challenging sexism, cissexism, genderism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism. The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center promotes education as well as space for self-exploration about all sexes, genders and sexualities and their intersections with other identities. 

Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) 

The Student Recruitment & Retention Center stands for educational equity. Our student-run and student-initiated programs foster holistic academic and personal development while raising political and cultural awareness, in order empower students to act as dynamic leaders for their communities. We accept the challenge of creating a society that provides a quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive education for students of all backgrounds. Furthermore, we are dedicated to creating an environment of collective action to ensure the perpetuity of academic achievement among future generations.

Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC)

Provides opportunities to promote gender equity in the UC Davis community. Although womxn make up the majority of students on college campuses, they still navigate issues of hostile campus climate, sexism, and genderism. The WRRC hopes to achieve our vision – a world in which gender equity is achieved and people of all genders, specifically womxn, transgender, and people with marginalized genders- have the opportunities and support to realize their full potential.

Gender Health Center

A non-profit organization meeting the counseling needs of the WHOLE community in Sacramento and the surrounding areas by making our services accessible to the most underserved communities, including the LGBTQQI community and focusing on the “T” or transgender.