Welcome to the eighty-ninth episode of the Heart + Hustle podcast. We’re talking to Jacob Tobia. Jacob is a genderqueer activist, writer, producer, professional speaker, and television personality. We talk to Jacob about their start in writing, their transition into media, and how they’ve moved from NYC to LA for a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity to work on the show, Transparent.
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About Jacob Tobia:
Jacob Tobia is a writer, producer, and author of the forthcoming memoir Sissy with Putnam Books at Penguin Random House. As a performer, visionary, and internet personality, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth, even when that truth is messy as hell. Currently living in Los Angeles, Jacob recently wrapped as the Social Media Producer on Season 4 of Jill Soloway’s Emmy Award-winning series, Transparent.
Named in 2016’s OUT 100, Jacob made their debut on the national stage when they were interviewed by Laverne Cox as part of MTV’s The T Word. In 2015, Jacob was profiled by MTV in the one hour, GLAAD Award-nominated episode of True Life: I’m Genderqueer, and in 2016, Jacob created, coproduced, and hosted Queer 2.0, a first-of-its-kind LGBTQ series on NBC News. In addition to their recent book deal, Jacob recently collaborated with Instagram and GLAAD to produce #KindComments, a custom campaign for Trans Day of Visibility that was viewed over 14 million times.
A Point Foundation Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and recipient of the Campus Pride National Voice and Action Award, Jacob has captivated audiences at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and conferences across the country with their message of personal fabulosity and social change. Their writing and advocacy have been featured on MSNBC, MTV, The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME, New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, Nylon, The Guardian, and Jezebel, among others.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Human Rights Advocacy. Prior to their career in television, Jacob worked at the United Nations Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Jacob is an avid Sriracha devotee and has worn high heels in the White House twice (take that Donald!)
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"As your dreams grow bigger, you have to learn to share them with people." - Jacob Tobia