Jack Knoxville is an Afro-Latino Trans Activist, Digital Strategist, and Keynote Speaker.

In 2015, Jack became the first trans-man to run for political office in the Southern United States when he ran for City Mayor in Knoxville, TN. Shortly after his campaign ended, Jack founded Trans Empowerment Project, a 501c3 focused on empowering folx across the gender spectrum nationally.

Jack got his start in community organizing as an activist in 2002 when he started his first non-profit, Free2Be, in response to legislative attacks against the LGBTQ community in the south. He was recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a leader of the civil rights movement in 2002, for his work with the organization.

Trans Empowerment Project has now provided direct aid to over 1200 people nationwide since it’s inception in 2016.

Jack speaking during a community candidate event in East, TN circa 2017

In June of 2020, just after the murder of George Floyd, Jack and his business partner, Sola Adenekan launched Transmit Media to focus on building power for marginalized communities through media.

Jack’s focus is on creating cultural change through community building and dismantling the white supremacy that exists, especially in queer spaces. 

During his downtime, Jack is enjoying (finally) living his best life with his soon to be wife and 2 dogs, while exploring healing and expanding his consciousness through art and music.

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