Scholar Class – 2010
People say that what does not kill you makes you stronger. Jacob Rostovsky fully believes that. As a transgender individual, he has encountered physical, verbal and sexual violence. Due to losing friends and family, lack of acceptance, and surviving hate crimes, Jacob was afraid to be himself. However, through all of that, Jacob has come out strong and unafraid to tackle the world head on. Transitioning through all this oppression at a young age has let him know that he can do anything. Jacob wants to take his experiences and use them to prevent other negative experiences for people in this world.
Right now, Jacob attends American Jewish University, and is working on his degree in psychology. He hopes to work with the LGBT community, and start a non-profit group to offer support for transgender individuals and their families. One of his goals in life is to help make the world more aware of the struggles transgender individuals go through, and to help eliminate the bigotry the LGBT community faces. By participating in numerous documentaries, as well as an episode of Oprah and presenting at various high schools and colleges, Jacob is well on his way to completing this goal. He firmly believes that the only way that we can see a change in the world is if we help to create it, and that is exactly what he wants to do with the rest of his life.