Jacob Rudolph grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey with his loving parents and brother. In 2013, Jacob made headlines when a video of him coming out in front of more than 300 of his classmates went viral with over 2,000,000 views. Soon after, Jacob was featured on national TV interviews with Anderson Cooper, Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, Don Lemon on CNN, and with Joy Behar, as well as in the LA Times and other print media. Inspired to continue speaking up, Jacob successfully assisted local civil rights groups in helping pass a state law that bans conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth in New Jersey. A rising senior at the University of Miami, Jacob studies political science, music, communication, and LGBTQ studies. He is a Point Foundation Scholar, a former Student Government presidential candidate, Truman Scholarship nominee, LeaderShape graduate, and a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and a compassionate American society.
Updated May 2016
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