Cecilia came undocumented to the U.S. from Argentina to live her dream as an openly transgender woman. Her journey has included 10 years as a sex worker, frequent targeting by police, and incarceration. Today she works to elevate and protect the trans community – founding Decrim NY to legitimize the sex trades, fighting for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, leading the NEW Pride Agenda, and helping to expand access to health services for transgender people across New York State. Cecilia also founded Trans Equity Consulting in 2019, where she and her team help organizations care for and connect with trans and queer communities. And in her spare time, she celebrates stories of the trans community as a playwright and actress.
Alt text: Black and white photograph of Cecilia Gentili who is building a New York that celebrates the joy, talent, and resiliency of trans people.