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Jess Herbst

Jess Herbst

  • Public Speaker

  • Advocate

Jess is experienced speaker recognized as a voice for Civil rights. As the first openly transgender elected official in the state of Texas, she offers a unique perspective on politics and the benefits of diversity in America today. Her talks employs a ‘Ask me anything’ attitude that produce educational conversations that have benefited large corporations, universities and public organizations..

For a fresh perspective for your next event, contact Jess.

Rates available via email Jess@Herbst.com

Jess has appeared in print and on television across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, India, Australia.

She is featured in Lawrence Wright’s book ‘God Save Texas’ as well as Samantha Allen’s book ‘Real Queer America

Previous Speaking Engagements

LGBTQ Conference at Harvard

Hewlett Packard ERG

Frito-Lay ERG

Ericsson North America ERG

CoreLogic ERG

Austin Young Womens Association

64th HRM Conference - Birmingham Alabama

Black Tie Dinner

W-Hotel Dallas Pride Event

Dallas Womens March

North Lake college Pride

Texas Tech University

Texas Latino Pride

Lez Talk

Dallas Library Equalitea - Trans Experience

Dallas Trans Pride

Denton Pride Fest


Jess is an advocate for equal rights for all humans, and fights discriminatory legislation where ever she finds it.

• Testified before the Texas Senate & House committees on state affairs twice during the 2017 Texas bathroom bill fight.

• Testified again in 2019 against discriminatory legislation in the Texas legislation.

• I volunteer my time to Equality Texas to influence legislation in my state, and The LGBT Victory Institute to promote diversity in political office around the world.

•I march, I speak but mostly I am an out, proud transgender woman willing to speak up.