Meet the Logo30: Jacob Tobia

The activist and author reflects on finding Pride, coming out, and honoring trans elders.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

Jacob Tobia wants us all to say a resounding “fuck you!” to shame.

As a genderqueer activist, writer, and producer, Tobia, who uses they/them pronouns, works to further acceptance of gender creativity and non-conformity across the LGBTQ spectrum. Earlier this year, Tobia made their literary debut with Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, their heartfelt (and hilarious) memoir about growing up queer in rural North Carolina.

“Every time I am able to put on a dress and feel any modicum of safety, any time I’m able to put on lipstick and feel like I’m gonna be able to get from Point A to Point B safely, I thank the universe for Sylvia Rivera and Flawless Sabrina,” Tobia tells Logo, giving credit to transgender elders and pioneering activists who came before them.

Watch Logo’s full interview with Tobia below.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.