Illegal silicone pumpers risks lives of desperate transgender clients

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Lacking health insurance, many transgender people resort to an underground but commonplace practice of having silicone illegally injected into their bodies — a low cost procedure with a high risk of adverse health consequences, including death. With surgical reassignment surgeries approaching $70,000 and up, many have  opted for silicone pumpers with tragic results.

Pauline Park of  Queens Pride House, a LGBT center states:  “Pumpers are preying on desperate people  . . .  They’re basically killing people and profiting from it.” In New York City, 1 out of every 5 transgender women have been injected with silicone.

I urge everyone to be aware of the ugly health consequences of using illegal silicone pumpers.



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