Google “transgender teenager” and you’ll come up with dire statistics and horror stories of teens being harassed, homeless, even killed. Kids who are transgender, who live and identify as a different gender than their birth sex, can face extraordinary problems on top of ordinary teen drama.
So Isaac Gomez comes as a surprise. Gomez, a junior at High Tech High International who first came out as transgender in middle school, may be the most happy, well-adjusted teenager I’ve ever met.
School is a welcoming place where nobody blinks about him using the boys’ bathroom. His family is firmly behind him. And he is confident enough to stand up in front of hundreds of people and talk about being transgender, as he did earlier this month at a school board meeting to back new San Diego Unified rules against bullying. The policy bars harassment of students and school employees and pledges to create a training program for employees that includes sexual orientation, gender identity and how to intervene in bullying.