Remembering Cecilia Gentili: A Trailblazing Advocate and Artist
In a heartbreaking loss to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, beloved transgender actress, author, and activist Cecilia Gentili has passed away. Her legacy as a towering figure in New York City and her unwavering advocacy for marginalized communities leave an indelible mark on the world.
A Champion for Justice:
Gentili’s journey began as an asylum seeker from Argentina, and throughout her life, she fiercely fought for the rights of undocumented immigrants, sex workers, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Her activism knew no bounds, touching lives and inspiring change on multiple fronts.
Despite her untimely departure, Gentili was experiencing a period of creative flourishing. From her poignant debut book, “Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn’t My Rapist,” to her autobiographical off-Broadway show, “Red Ink,” she captivated audiences with her raw honesty and profound storytelling.
A Voice for the Marginalized:
As the Director of Policy at the GMHC and the founder of Trans Equity Consulting, Gentili dedicated her life to amplifying the voices of those often silenced by society. Her commitment to centering trans women of color, immigrants, sex workers, and incarcerated individuals set a powerful example for all.
Gentili’s impact extended beyond activism into the realm of art and entertainment. Through one-woman shows like “The Knife Cuts Both Ways” and her role as Ms. Orlando on “Pose,” she brought to life the experiences of trans women of color, shedding light on their struggles and triumphs.
As we mourn the loss of Cecilia Gentili, let us honor her memory by continuing the fight for justice and equality. May her passion, resilience, and unwavering spirit inspire us to create a world where every voice is heard and every life is valued.