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The Dangers Of Loose Silicone Injections: My Own Personal Horror Story

by Meghan Chavalier

February 3, 2009

I don't usually speak openly about silicone injections because honestly I never thought it was anyone's business what I may have or not have had done to my body to physically transform myself to who I am today. But, after hearing of yet another young transgender woman who died recently from loose silicone injections I thought it best to speak about it openly to let others in the transgender community know just how dangerous this can be.

As a young transgender woman, in the early 1990's I decided to get loose silicone injections in my breasts and hips and buttocks area. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time, opting to try and achieve the look I was going for, without having to spend the money it would normally take to get there through the proper medical paths.

I went to my first "pumping party" in a run down house in New Orleans with two other transgender women. I laid on a dirty bed, took off my clothes and proceeded to let someone I had met only twice take liquid from a bowl, put it into a large needle, and stick it in my chest and in my lower regions. At the time, I thought the results were fantastic. I couldn't have been more thrilled, but what would happen later to me as a result, would forever change my mind on loose silicone injections. I had nine "treatments" of loose silicone put into my breast area and buttocks. Nine times I actually laid on a bed, without a medical doctor, and let someone who wasn't trained stick needles in me and pump me full of a liquid that I personally had no idea where it was coming from. Think about that for a moment. I wanted to become feminine so badly I took a drastic measure like this to do it. . . .Read More

Frank’s New Face

Barely over a year since transgender activists labeled Barney Frank a turncoat, he’s hired the first openly transgender legislative staff member on Capitol Hill.

By Anne Stockwell
From The Advocate March 2009

Frank’s New Face

Before diego sanchez came to washington, d.c., he was a PR executive for Fortune 100 companies. “I introduced Diet Coke, which was an elation,” he says, “and then I introduced ‘new Coke,’ which wasn’t so hot.” Sanchez, U.S. representative Barney Frank’s new legislative assistant and the first openly transgender person to work in a federal congressional office, is charged with helping Frank pass an all-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- a bill that covers not just sexual orientation but gender identity as well -- in the first Obama Congress. . . .Read More

Nepalese choir with a difference

By Charles Haviland

2 February 2009

A concert has just taken place by a Nepalese transgender choir - something possibly unique in South Asia.

The choral group, called Poesie and the Fags, was founded by two Dutch men with Nepalese members.

It put on its first performance after several months of rehearsal in the capital, Kathmandu.

A few choir members are lesbians. Most are what are known as transgendered - born male but dressing or taking hormones to make themselves feminine.

Like 21-year-old Swastika.

"I like the choir because in this choir we can scream and we can sing and we can dance so whatever we want we can do. And all this can happen at the choir only," Swastika told the BBC. . . .Read More