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Memories of Transgendered Prostitutes

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When I lived in Buenos Aires for 10 years, one of the scandalous tabloid TV and newspapers sensations were the trannie whores on Calle Godoy Cruz. ---I bring this up because while working on next week's cover story, 'Kings of Queens,' I discovered the local version of what became an infamous pick-up street in Argentina's capital.

The demand for transgendered prostitutes in Buenos Aires is something rarely discussed in polite circles. Who wants to find out their boyfriend has a secret passion for Amazonian women with stubble and something extra between their legs? Godoy Cruz, however, whenever I happened to take a taxi that took me through there, was always busy day or night with extraordinarily over-developed female figures in g-strings and negligees soliciting business from guys pulling over to discuss what was on offer.

 While researching a story on Salt Lake City's gay latino population and the issues they face, I encountered a common thread of prostitution among some of the Latino transgendered population in order to pay for gender-reassignment operations.

That led me to what gay colleagues tell me is called a "tranny shack," where a group of transgendered men share a property. What I came away with, after numerous interviews with gay latinos, lesbians, transgendered men and transsexuals, was, as one activist put it, "their extraordinary resilience in the face of all they have to deal with."

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