CITY HALL, NEW YORK – Cecilia Gentili, a well-known transgender activist and actress on the FX series “Pose,” died on Tuesday at the age of 52. Born in Argentina, she had been an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and undocumented immigrants, obtaining asylum in the United States in 2012.
Gentili’s passing was announced in a heartfelt statement shared on her Instagram page, urging others to be gentle and to love one another with ferocity. She had been a vocal champion for marginalized communities, using her platform to fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants, sex workers, and the LGBTQIA+ community.
In addition to her advocacy work, Gentili served as the Director of Policy at GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy, from 2016 to 2019. She co-founded Transmissions Fest, the first all-trans music festival in New York City, which benefited multiple LGBTQ+ charities.
Gentili’s impact extended beyond her advocacy work, as she also made an impression on the entertainment industry through her role on “Pose.” She portrayed Miss Orlando, a New York City woman offering discounted plastic surgery, on the critically acclaimed series.
The news of her passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from fans and colleagues. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote a heartfelt message, expressing how Gentili had transformed the lives of many within the community. Other colleagues, including co-star Dominique Jackson and drag performer Chiquitita, also honored Gentili’s legacy and impact.
Gentili’s passing represents a loss for the LGBTQIA+ community and everyone impacted by her tireless advocacy and talent. Her legacy as a passionate advocate and actress will continue to inspire and influence the lives of many.