Marquise Vilsón is a trans masculine activist and actor. Marquise was introduced to TV audiences in 2017 when he guest-starred in a critically acclaimed episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU. that addressed the issues faced by transgender military service members . He made his New York stage debut Off-Broadway as Beta in MCC Theatre’s CHARM, and his feature film debut as Leon in Peter Hedges’ BEN IS BACK opposite Lucas Hedges. Other projects include THE KITCHEN, starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, NBC’s THE BLACKLIST, CBS’s BULL, Netflix’s TALES OF THE CITY, Netflix’s DISCLOSURE and NBC’s BLINDSPOT. As a young trans masc POC, Marquise was featured in the documentary The Aggressives (2005) and is featured in and serves as a producer on the follow-up that is now being filmed. Marquise is a long=standing member and participant of the underground ballroom scene. A force and well-respected leader in ballroom, Marquise has walked numerous categories throughout the years and is a known staple within the community. Currently as a member of the House of Balenciaga, in 2018 he received the Octavia St. Laurent Trans Activist Award, the Masquerade Blue Print Award, has been deemed as a Transman ICON in 2018 and was inducted into the Dorian Corey Hall of Fame in 2020, one of the few Transmen to have had such an impact in and outside of the ballroom community. In 2011, Marquise was given the Eric Christian Bazaar Award for his work with Safe Horizons Streetwork Project as a Sexual Health Coordinator doing both pre and post counseling as well HIV testing focusing on homeless youth, many of which in NYC are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. As one the few and first transmen men of color publicly out in both acting and advocacy spaces, Marquise has and continues to provide a positive reflection for his community, blazing a trail and creating a path for those that follow in his footsteps.
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