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Argentine Trans Activist Cecilia Gentili Dies In New York At Age 52

Argentine Cecilia Gentili, a trans activist known for leading the fight for the rights of this group and of sex workers in New York, died at the age of 52, as announced on her social networks.

“Our beloved Cecilia Gentili passed away this morning and will continue to watch over us in spirit,” read a message on her Instagram account written on Tuesday evening.

“Please be kind to one another and love one another,” the message added.

Born in the town of Gávez, Santa Fe, where between the ages of 6 and 10 he was sexually abused by a neighbor, the activist moved to New York at the age of 26, where he founded the organization DecrimNY, which was able to decriminalize sex work and repeal a law that criminalizes loitering for prostitution that critics have long criticized as a tool to target transgender people based solely on their appearance.

He has also held prominent positions in non-profit organizations such as the LGBTQ GMHC and APICHA, which work to prevent AIDS. He also established a free clinic for sex workers and founded Trans Equity Consulting in 2019.

Messages from organizations that defend the rights of the LGBTQ+ community have increased due to the death of this “icon of the trans movement,” as the governor of the state of New York, Kathy Hochul, described it on her X account.

“As an artist and strong activist in the trans rights movement, she has helped countless people find love, happiness, and acceptance,” Hochul wrote.

The New York Department of Health also emphasized that the activist is a “strong defender of the trans and queer communities and all marginalized people.”

In recent years, Gentili has expanded his work in the arts, according to the publication Gothamist, which says that his 2022 memoir “Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Life Who Wasn’t a Rapist” (to everyone in my town who are not rapists. “) won the Stonewall Book Award.

He recently premiered the solo show “Red Ink” at a theater in what is known as the Broadway suburbs, the center of theater and musical activity in Manhattan.

He also made cameos in the FX series “Pose,” which chronicled the New York ballroom scene in the 1980s.

He declared himself homosexual at the age of 12. It was at the University of Rosario that he met a transgender person for the first time and began to identify as transgender.

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