ight-hearted, happy fourteen-year-old, middle schooler who is proud to be in a family with his parents, brother, one dog, three cats, and five chickens. Doing well in school is very important to Daniel because he would like to someday go to college, meet new people and get involved in campus life.
Daniel’s free time is frequently spent playing board games and directing films starring his friends and family. Swimming, kayaking, biking, camping, backpacking, and listening and singing along to music are all activities Daniel loves. Daniel considers himself a good friend and likes socializing with friends in person, or on FaceTime, Instagram and through video gaming. Daniel recently joined the Scouts and is a part of his school’s Unity Club. During his 7th grade year, Daniel participated in Connecticut History Day and earned first place for his documentary film on the unsung hero of the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin. Daniel did fundraising for the organization Point of Pride, and shared a personal poem in front of his 7th grade class.
A very rewarding experience in Daniel’s life was when he was featured in the PBS Frontline Documentary, Growing Up Trans. Sharing his experience of being trans and facing his fears of being in front of the camera, helped grow his confidence and sparked his interest in photography and creating videos. A favorite quote that Daniel embodies in his life is by Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”