Drew Adams is an 18-year-old transgender advocate from Northeast Florida. He recently graduated from high school with honors as an International Baccalaureate candidate and was president of his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
When his school district barred him from the men’s room because he’s transgender, Drew sued the district in federal court with the help of Lambda Legal. His case was the first transgender student bathroom case to go to trial in the U.S. The judge ruled in his favor in July 2018, but the district has appealed, and the case is heading to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Drew is a past member of several national youth councils including the GLSEN National Student Council and the Trevor Project Youth Ambassador Council, and he’s the first Volunteer Intern Coordinator for Point of Pride. He’s also currently a member of the Q Chat Space Youth Advisory Panel and the Deputy Communications Director for Unbroken Horizons. He holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Drew is a 2018 recipient of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Spirit of Matthew Award and the JASMYN Diamond Award, a 2019 recipient of the Equality Florida Voice for Equality Award, and a 2019-2020 Queer Foundation Scholar. He will be attending the University of Central Florida this fall and majoring in psychology and political science.