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Transgender Man Sues Parks Department for Discrimination

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A transgender man is suing the city Parks Department for discrimination.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Bryan Ellicott. Lawyers representing Ellicott say he was discriminated against at a Staten Island public pool last summer.

They say pool employees would not allow him to use the men's locker room.

"This happens to transgender people every day all around the country, they severely impact the ability of transgender people to participate fully in society,” said lawyer Michael Silverman,

"I was embarrassed and humiliated that they singled me out for absolutely no apparent reason. I wasn't doing anything disruptive, I wasn't doing anything wrong, I was just trying to hang out at the pool like everyone else," said Ellicott.

The lawyers say the state found in a 2005 case there is no discrimination so long as people have access to bathrooms that correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth.

Ellicott and his lawyers hope that this ruling is overturned.

They say it is a violation of the city's human rights law to prevent transgender people from using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

They say this is the first case to challenge the 2005 ruling.

The Parks Department did not comment on the case.

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