Argentina Cecilia Gentili, a trans actress and activist known for leading the fight for the rights of this group and sex workers in New York, died at the age of 52 in that city.
“She is well known as a Latina activist in the United States; she has a strong commitment to this cause and she is very close to the women from the ‘Transgrediendo group’ from Queens,” said the president of the Argentina Trans Memory Archive , María Belen Correa
“But she is also fondly remembered for her character ‘Mrs. Orlando’ from the television series ‘Pose’ (from FX TV signal), where he only went to the first season, but he was so amazing that he ended up in all three seasons,” he added about his participation in this strip, which focuses on the African American and Latino LGBTIQ+ cultural scene in New York City in the ’80s and ’90s.
Born in the town of Santa Fe in GálvezAt the age of 26, he moved to New York, where he co-founded the organization DecrimNY, which was able to decriminalize sex work and repeal a law that criminalized vagrancy for the purpose of prostitution. which critics have long criticized as a tool to attack transgender people based solely on their appearance, the Télam agency reported.
Likewise, he has held prominent positions in non-profit organizations such as the LGBTQ GMHC and APICHA, which work to prevent HIV/AIDS. He also established a free clinic for sex workers and founded Trans Equity Consulting in 2019.
“She was a woman from Rosario who ventured into the theater in the Rosario underground for a long time. In 1999 or 2000, he went to the United States and began to make a living there, but over time, he also began to do activism. In 2018, she won the casting to play a somewhat emblematic character in the series ‘Pose’, where she represents a (trans)Latina living in the United States who puts silicone of dubious origin,” said Correa.
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 into the arts, according to Gothamist, noting that his 2022 memoir “Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Birthplace Who Wasn’t a Rapist” (At all in my town, no rapists” ) won the Stonewall Book Award.
He recently premiered his solo show “Red Ink” at a theater in what is known as the Broadway suburbs, the center of Manhattan’s theater and musical activity.
“His death was unexpected; January 31 was his birthday, which he celebrated with a party with many guests. Today we see it as a kind of farewell,” concluded Correa.