Marco Wylie is a lifelong New Yorker. He is a transgender man, meaning he was raised female but knew from a young age that that didn’t quite fit, and so he transitioned to live every day as the man he has long known herself to be. In 2011 Marco sought to amend his birth certificate to reflect the reality that he is a man. At the time, New York state required that a transgender person undergo gender confirmation surgery before receiving an amended birth certificate, an outwardly discriminatory requirement. Marco joined several other transgender individuals in a lawsuit against the city filed by TLDEF, and in 2014, New York City Council passed legislation that removed the surgical requirement.
“Being who you are is a human right,” Marco said at the time. “And much like how people treated the lesbian and gay community in past decades, trans people experience much of the same treatment today. Not allowing people to fully transition by changing all of their documents furthers the injustice that promotes violence and hatred toward us. I hope that my story and the factual information I’ve discussed will help sway you to understand why this is necessary for people. I just want to make sure that nobody has to go through the humiliation and cruelty that I endured.”