Jacob Rudolph made international headlines in 2013 when a video of him coming out in front of more than 300 of his classmates went viral with over 2,000,000 views on YouTube. Soon after, Jacob was featured on national TV interviews with MSNBC, CNN, etc., as well as in the LA Times and other print media. Inspired to continue speaking up, Jacob successfully assisted local civil rights groups that same year in passing a state law that bans conversion therapy on LGBTQ+ youth in New Jersey. Since then, he has been selected for the Point Foundation Scholarship, the John Lewis Fellowship, and was selected as the student commencement speaker at his college graduation-- University of Miami, 2017. Jacob is a loving friend, yogi, and a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ empowerment as the foundation of a compassionate American society.