The GenderCool Project is a national storytelling campaign spotlighting remarkable stories of transgender young people.
Preferred name/pronouns: Daniel prefers he, him, his and always goes by Daniel or “D” Favorite 2 songs/artists: Imagine Dragons and Niall Hornan Favorite clothing line: Adidas Dream vacation and why: Hawaii is the dream vacay because it is extraordinarily beautiful and has luscious beaches, and secondly is Germany because he has a good friend who lives there.
Gia is a 14-year-old high school freshman in her small town in Connecticut, 90 minutes outside New York City. An honors student, Gia also excels in sports. She was a member of her co-ed middle school cross country and track team since fifth grade. After transitioning from male to female before the start of eighth grade, Gia was uncertain about returning to the team. Her coach and teammates urged her to come back. She did and was named captain. She earned all-state and all-conference and led the girls to one of their best seasons ever. Much to the dismay of the high school cross country coach, she switched to the all-girls field hockey team her freshman year of high school. Her speed earned her a place on the JV team, and, despite being a novice to the sport, she ended the season as the second highest goal scorer. In school, Gia is well liked by her teachers and peers and maintains an A average with a full load of honors classes. She is also a member of the Peace Club and Family, Career and Community Service Leaders of America. Gia loves hanging out with her besties, shopping, playing with makeup and being with family.
Nicole is a 16-year-old musical theater actress with Broadway aspirations. Nicole is an Actors’ Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with 35 professional, semi-professional and community theater productions to her credit, including A Year with Frog and Toad, A Christmas Carol, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Misérables, Peter Pan, Shrek: The Musical, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Nicole is represented by Jackie Reid of L’il Angels Unlimited in New York City and Los Angeles and has trained with Bob Marks (vocal performance) and Denise Simon (acting) also in New York City. Regionally, she’s trained at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, North Shore Music Theater and The Hanover Theatre. Nicole was the winner of the Academy Idol vocal competition in April 2015 and a finalist in both Boston’s Got Voices in January 2016 and New England’s Got Talent in September 2015.
Nicole is transgender and transitioned to living authentically as female in February 2015. She is a passionate advocate for transgender youth and for the rights of transgender people in her home state and nationally. Nicole was recently featured in a documentary produced by them. of Condé Nast. She was also featured in a campaign video created to advance non-discrimination legislation in Massachusetts. Nicole met with state-wide legislators, including Governor Charlie Baker, in support of the bill becoming law.
Name: Nicole, she/her Favorite artist: Lady Gaga and Pink Favorite clothing line: Nicole says, “Don’t make me choose!” Favorite apps: SnapChat and Sephora Dream vacation: Paris for the food and fashion!