NERP-POSE Conference Special Guests
The NERP-POSE Conference will give attendees the opportunity to hear from a variety of special guests, including our keynote speakers and entertainers. We’re proud to be able to present special guests with a broad cross-section of community experiences and connections to North Carolina.
Saturday, March 21, with Q&A
Jacob Tobia is an actor, writer, producer, and author of the national bestselling memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story with Putnam Books at Penguin Random House. Heralded by Deadline as an unprecedented move toward “authentic representation and inclusion,” Jacob made their television debut as the nonbinary character “Double Trouble” in Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princesses of Power. From interviewing former US Presidents to giving Trevor Noah an on-air makeover on The Daily Show, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth, even when that truth is messy as hell. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob currently lives in Los Angeles.
A member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the 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 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 for NBC News. In 2017, they served as the Social Media Producer on Season 4 of Amazon’s Emmy Award-winning series, Transparent and collaborated with Instagram and GLAAD to produce #KindComments, a custom campaign for Trans Day of Visibility that was viewed over 14 million times. In 2018, Jacob produced and starred in a critically acclaimed revival reading of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife and was announced as the new face of Fluide Beauty, a line of trans and queer-inclusive makeup.
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, Yale, SXSW, 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, Playboy, The Guardian, and Jezebel, among others.
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 and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Jacob is an avid Sriracha devotee and has worn high heels in the White House twice.
Saturday, March 21, with Q&A
Moises Serrano is an openly undocumented and queer activist and public speaker. Since coming out as undocumented in 2010 he has relentlessly pursued equality for his community through the sharing of his narrative. His mission is to humanize the issue of migration while advocating for immediate relief to migrant communities.
Moises quickly became one of the most requested speakers in the state of North Carolina. Described as a “consummate orator,” his advocacy has led him to do a TEDx talk and be named a notable Latino of the Triad in North Carolina. Moises’ advocacy has been filmed in the feature length documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America. The five-time award winning film was recently honored by the Television Academy. Forbidden was one of seven programs honored for creating awareness, enlightening, educating and/or positively motivating audiences.
Moises continues in his efforts to change the culture surrounding immigrants and currently has released a song called, The Dreamer, with Che Apalache. He also wrote the script for the accompanying music video which was named by Rolling Stone as one of the best Country Music Videos of 2019. Lastly, Moises was invited to attend the Grammys as a guest of Honor of Che Apalache as the album that houses The Dreamer was nominated for Best Folk Album.
Stay tuned for more special guest announcements! Coming soon!