A transgender man on Tuesday filed a lawsuit charging that he was targeted for discrimination last summer at a public pool in Staten Island.

Twenty-four-year-old Bryan Ellicott says he was humiliated when three staff members at the Joseph H. Lyons Pool kicked him out of the men's locker room, saying he must use the women's facilities or leave.

“I was singled out by pool staff because I am transgender,” Ellicott said in a statement. “They harassed and humiliated me. No one deserves to be treated that way, but it's an all-too-common experience for transgender people like me when we use restrooms and locker rooms.”

Ellicott is represented by Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

The suit asks a New York court to rule 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 happened to Bryan happens to many transgender people when they use restrooms and locker rooms,” said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. “Incidents like this one severely restrict the ability of transgender people 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. This lawsuit sends a strong message: Everyone should have access to public facilities. Transgender people cannot be treated as less than full citizens and be denied the use of restrooms and locker rooms because of who they are.”