June 2, 2014

Transgender Man to File Suit Against NYC Department of Parks and Recreation After Being Denied Use of Men's Locker Room at Staten Island Public Pool

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and Cleary Gottlieb Represent Plaintiff Seeking First-Ever Ruling that City Human Rights Law Protects Transgender People in Restrooms and Locker Rooms

New York, NY - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, June 3, at the New York State Supreme Court in lower Manhattan to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on behalf of a 24-year-old transgender man who was targeted for discrimination last summer at a public pool in Staten Island.

TLDEF’s lawsuit, with pro bono co-counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, asks a New York court to rule for the first time that denying transgender people use of the restroom or locker room that matches their sex constitutes discrimination in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3, 11 AM

WHERE: Foley Square, Manhattan (across the street from the New York State Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street)

WHO: Plaintiff, Bryan Ellicott; and Michael Silverman, Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

PRESS CONTACT: Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications,, (646) 279-4559

WHY: Incidents of discrimination against transgender people at public facilities restrict their ability to fully participate in society. Being able to use a restroom without harassment and discrimination is essential to being able to do things like work or use public places. Everyone should have equal access to public facilities. Transgender people cannot be treated as less than full citizens and be denied the use of restrooms and locker rooms just because of who they are.