Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas

Jacob is an activist who promotes equality, support and inclusivity for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and Asexual Plus (LGBTQIA+) community. As a non-binary person, Jacob uses the pronouns “they”, “them” and “their”.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Jacob works with state and federal government representatives to advocate for stronger support for the community in accessing primary healthcare.

With a focus on reducing suicide rates of young people who identify as LGBTQIA, Jacob enables young people to seek health advice about issues such as addiction, drug abuse and sexual health. They have also been working with the Foundation for Young Australians to build a smartphone app that helps the LGBTQIA community find safe and accessible healthcare providers.

Jacob also teaches community and university classes at Monash on the lives and needs of transgender people.

Jacob became a Queen’s Young Leader in 2016 after delivering TEDx talk at the Queensland University of Technology on gender equality and working with United Nations Youth Australia in developing its LGBTQIA Human Rights Summit.