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Best-selling author Janet Mock to appear at NMSU as part of Pride Season

As part of Pride Season at New Mexico State University, a public discussion will be held with The New York Times best-selling author and MSNBC web series host Janet Mock at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Corbett Center Student Union Auditorium.


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As part of 2016 Pride Season at New Mexico State University, coordinator of LGBT+ Programs Zooey Sophia Pook will interview MSNBC web series host and New York Times best selling author Janet Mock April 19. (Photo by Aaron Tredwell)

In her 2014 book ?Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,? Mock serves as a voice for the transgender community and all people attempting to define themselves. She is also the host of MSNBC?s So POPular! weekly web series about culture.

Zooey Sophia Pook, coordinator of LGBT+ Programs at NMSU, will moderate the discussion. Mock will speak about her book, her experiences and the issues of identity and inclusion.

?We?ll have an open conversation about where we are and what needs to happen in order for us to move forward,? Pook said.

Pook said Mock?s appearance is important to the NMSU community.

?The fact that she is coming to campus demonstrates NMSU?s commitment to inclusion,? Pook said. ?As a young, educated transgender woman, Janet has been the voice of transgender people on a critical level, and she is setting the tone for how we deal with political issues.?

Barnes & Noble will have copies of Mock?s book available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. The free event will conclude with a book signing from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsors of the event include the NMSU English Department, Black Programs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Pook has been instrumental in the development of NMSU policy regarding transgender students on campus.

?The initial change has begun, and some policies have just gone into effect,? she said.

The new policies include extended gender options at the campus health center and in housing, as well as the addition of a ?preferred name? column on class rosters.

?We?re ahead of most colleges around the country,? Pook said. ?We?ve started, and that shows a commitment by NMSU. This is a huge deal that we are creating an inclusive campus for transgender people.?

LGBT+ Programs was created to provide a safe place on campus for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual and queer community and those who support them.

For more information about the event, call LGBT+ Programs at 575-646-7031 or email lgbt@nmsu.edu.