One thing way to many people starting transition fail to understand is that it can take three to five years for hormones to complete the physical changes. Just like the period of puberty which extends from roughly 13-18.
People expect instant magical change and do stupid things when that change doesn’t happen rapidly enough.
Monday, 06 August 2012
Oneal Ron Morris, 32, the pre-op transsexual female accused of giving illegal, bogus silicone injections to numerous victims across South Florida has finally been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the untimely death of Shatarka Nuby, one of the victims who went to the police after receiving injections filled with a concoction of products bought at Home Depot.
Nuby had become increasingly concerned after receiving the ersatz injections and was so worried that she told friends the injections made her skin feel hard and hot—eventually the spots turned black. She got so worried she even went so far as to write a letter to the Florida Department of Health investigators before her death in March in Tallahassee.
An assistant medical examiner said Nuby suffered “massive systemic silicone migration” from the injections, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Nuby had a history of taking chances in the cosmetic black market to surgically improve her body. Sadly, she too was arrested for operating a scam to get breast implants because she couldn’t afford them and was so desperate to transition. This is an overwhelming problem that plagues our transgender community as there just aren’t any LGBT organizations willing to assist transgenders in their desperate need to transition.
All too often in recent months, we are hearing of t-girls resorting to silicone injections because this is all they can afford. We need assistance now.
I called Nadine Smith, executive director of LGBT rights group Equality Florida, for assistance when a female-to-male transgender named Beck Lewis Rosato contacted me desperately seeking help for transitioning. Beck was suicidal at the time and wanted to become a male. Equality Florida referred me to a group called FORGE in St. Petersburg which was a complete dead end. They couldn’t assist any trans-people seeking financial aid for transitioning. The t-community needs assistance and that seems to have gone unnoticed until now.
Being transgender is a rough road as surgeries to transition are very costly. Since silicone injections tend to be rather affordable—each treatment is about $200 to $300—most people transitioning are able to squeeze that into their budget. Breast implants alone are $5,000 to $7,000, as opposed to silicone injections, which are simply a few hundred dollars per treatment until you reach your cup size goal.