Jacob Thomas is one of Australia’s most prominent leaders in sexual orientation and gender identity. Jacob uses the pronouns they/them and works at the Monash Warwick Alliance and guest lectures in Global Studies. They are undertaking their PhD in public health and preventative medicine, exploring the power of LGBTIQA+ youth around the world.

In 2016 Jacob received the Queen’s Young Leader Award, recognising Jacob’s work on suicide prevention for Australia’s LGBTIQ community. Jacob was the Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) and represented the network at international events including the 61st session of UN Women’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York, the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum in London, and at AIDS2018 in Amsterdam.

They are currently an advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and in their spare time are a performer, designer and sometimes drag artist.