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Jacob Tobia to Headline Equality NC Foundation's 2015 AdvaNCe Equality Conference

Raleigh, N.C. – Equality NC Foundation announced today that Jacob Tobia, an advocate, writer, and speaker committed to justice for gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and transgender people, would headline the organization's 2015 AdvaNCe Equality conference, coming up Saturday, March 21, in Durham, N.C. (Durham Technical Community College, 1637 East Lawson Street).

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The Raleigh native, and prolific voice for the LGBTQ community who has most recently been featured by MSNBC, MTV, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation, Huffpost Live, and Everyday Feminism, will deliver the conference’s keynote address.

Tobia has received multiple awards for their organizing work, including the Point Foundation Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman scholarship, the Oliver Koonz Human Rights Award, and the Campus Pride National Voice and Action Award.

Tobia currently works for Out Leadership, a global strategic advising firm that connects leaders across industries to create business opportunities, cultivate talent and drive LGBT equality forward.

Tobia has also been an unwavering activist for equality in North Carolina, serving as Vice President of Equity and Outreach for Duke Student Government, founding Duke Students for Gender Neutrality, leading initiatives with Blue Devils United, the undergraduate LGBTQ student organization, and as a founding member of Equality NC's student ambassador program, championing the fight against Amendment One, including the most successful campus voter engagement drive of that campaign.

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“We are thrilled to have North Carolina’s own Jacob Tobia headline our 2015 AdvaNCe Equality conference” said Equality NC’s Executive Director Chris Sgro. “Jacob’s voice, experiences, and activism – both inside and out of the Tar Heel State – will be invaluable in bringing all of our community together and into focus in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.”

ABOUT EQUALITY NC FOUNDATION: Equality NC Foundation is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians. For more information, please visit www.equalityncfoundation.org.

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