Jacob Tobia

Genderqueer advocate, movement organizer, and part-time fashion icon

Jacob Tobia is an advocate, writer, and speaker committed to justice for gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and transgender people.

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A prolific writer and social media maven, Jacob began blogging for The Huffington Post in 2012. Since then, they have been featured on MSNBC, MTV, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation, Huffpost Live, Everyday Feminism, and many other digital outlets. They have also received multiple awards for their organizing work including the Point Foundation Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman scholarship, the Oliver Koonz Human Rights Award, and the Campus Pride National Voice and Action Award.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Human Rights Advocacy. During their undergraduate career, Jacob served as the Vice President of Equity and Outreach for Duke Student Government, founded Duke Students for Gender Neutrality, and led many initiatives with Blue Devils United, the undergraduate LGBTQ student organization. At Duke, their research focused on a wide range of topics, including the history of LGBTQ activism in South Africa from Apartheid to the present day.