“There’s not a person in the world who’s gender is simple. People aren’t simple.”
– Jacob Tobia
Q & A
As a writer, performer, and visionary, where do you gain your strength and confidence?
I gain my confidence from staying connected with my history. The more I learn about queer and trans history, the more that I learn about those who fought for my rights and wellbeing before I was even born, the more connected I become to my own power. We have always been here. We have always been around. We are part of the human family, an intrinsic part of human experience that is as old as time, and we should act like it. When I think about Marsha P. Johnson marching for people like me, when I think about Sylvia Rivera yelling and protesting and challenging those around her, I feel held and supported. It’s what gives me the power to speak and live audaciously: that is what my transcestors would’ve wanted for me. They dedicated their lives to building a world where I don’t have to be afraid, so why should I be? Listen to Jacob’s interview at: TheyThemProject.org.
In this episode of They/Them Project Podcast by Brent Dundore, I had the pleasure of working with Jacob Tobia , writer, producer, and author of the forthcoming memoir Sissy. Jacob recently produced and starred in a critically acclaimed revival reading of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, and in March of 2018, Jacob was announced as the new face of Fluide Beauty, a line of trans and queer-inclusive makeup. In 2017, Jacob served as the Director’s Assistant and Social Media Producer on Season 4 of Amazon’s Emmy Award-winning series,Transparent.
We talk about the importance of projects like TTP existing in all cities, not just LA & NYC, giving a voice and importance to all places that queer people thrive. Jacob explains how at times, living in NYC was actually harder to navigate through life being trans and non binary, simply because of the amount of people they would encounter in everyday rituals. We talk about the concept of pronouns being “just words,” but also that “words have power, and are built on layers of intention.” Don’t miss this interview! EXPERIENCE THE ENTIRE PROJECT AT: TheyThemProject.org.
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