Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas

Jacob is a 29 year-old nonbinary person living in Melbourne and uses the pronouns they/them. Jacob is the Education Project Coordinator for the Monash Warwick Alliance and guest lectures in Global Studies.

In 2016 Jacob was one of two Australians to receive The Queen’s Young Leaders award for their work in suicide prevention and creating accessible pathways for queer people.

Jacob sits as the interim-Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) and has represented the network at international levels such as the 61st session of UN Women’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum in London, and at AIDS2018 in Amsterdam.

Jacob has presented a TEDx Talk at QUT on the ideas around gender identity, is a contributor to Archer Magazine and Star Observer, and has written a personal essay for BuzzFeed about their experience coming out as nonbinary.

Jacob is interested in queer perspectives in intercultural learning, feminist methodologies and youth leadership. They are currently undertaking their Masters in International Development at RMIT. In their spare time Jacob is a performer, designer and sometimes drag artist.