There have been a raft of cases in which transgender women are charged with murder after illegally injecting silicone in the body of another person, who subsequently died. The victims and perpetrators are usually transgender women of color who previously identified as gay men, who more frequently lack access to transition-related health care. The relentless emphasis by the transgender community that conformity with certain physical characteristics equals “being a woman” also drives this phenomenon, which is disturbing.
Armani Nicole Davenport, 33, whose birth name is Larry T. Bernard, is accused of injecting silicone into the buttocks and hips of Breneisha Hall, 25, born Brad Hall, and another person on Oct. 24 at a house in the 1200 block of Salcedo Street. Hall complained of trouble breathing, and was taken Interim LSU Hospital, where she died Jan. 1 after two months in a coma.
Alejandra Aguilera-Ortega, a transgender woman, is wanted for murder after injecting silicone into the buttocks of another transgender woman Amelia Lopez Zaguilan on April 30, 2013. According to authorities, Lopez Zaguilan, 22, lived in Oakland but went to Aguilera-Ortega’s Citrus Heights apartment for the injections. She ended up getting sick and was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital, where she died a week later.
Padge Victoria Windslowe, the transgender urban Goth singer facing murder and assault charges for injecting silicone into women’s buttocks at “pumping parties.