Gia is a 15-year-old high school sophomore. A high 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. Next, Gia tried her hand at field hockey, a sport she had never played. She joined 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. Field hockey season just started again and once again Gia made the JV team.
In school, Gia maintains an A average with a full load of honors classes. She was a founding member of her middle school’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club and, in high school, is a member of the Peace Project and Family, Career and Community Service Leaders of America. She is also co-treasurer of her class. Gia loves hanging out with her besties, shopping, playing with makeup and being with family.
Gia was featured in People magazine’s “Coming Out Stories.” The video series, which was featured in the magazine and online at People.com and EntertainmentWeekly.com, was done in conjunction with the producers of “Love, Simon” and GLSEN, which aims to make schools safe and affirming for LGBTQ students. Gia has also been asked by the Human Rights Campaign to apply to be a national Youth Ambassador.