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8 - TransGenerational Wisdom: A conversation with Buck Angel
Episode 829th January 2021 • Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast • Stella O'Malley & Sasha Ayad
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Buck Angel transitioned in 1994 and now lives happily as a 58-year-old transsexual man. Buck describes his rollercoaster with gender dysphoria and explains why he was willing to become a medical guinea pig when he first transitioned. Buck talks about the importance of owning his sexuality within a transsexual body and he also provides a critique of the modern flavor of the transgender movement.


Extended Notes

  • Who is Buck and what has his transition journey been like? 
  • Buck suffered a lot with coming to terms with this new identity. He tried to commit suicide at 16.
  • When did Buck first hear about transitioning from a therapist?
  • Buck went in and out of therapy. Therapists didn’t believe him when he said, “I feel like a man.”
  • Finally, one therapist recognized Buck’s confusion and just listened. She saved his life.
  • Nobody understood Buck. In 78, this was just unheard of. Buck got committed to a psych ward.
  • How did Buck become a model?
  • Buck ended up getting addicted to drugs and alcohol. It ended with him becoming a prostitute.
  • Buck is proud of his pornography work and shares a little bit about what that experience was like.
  • If you’re not attracted to a trans person, does that make you transphobic?
  • You should disclose if you are trans! Buck gets a lot of hate for this.
  • Why does Buck still have female body parts?
  • Buck talks about having an orgasm for the very first time in his late 20s/early 30s.
  • Buck has become a guinea pig in the medical world to better understand gender dysphoria.
  • Buck had the mantra of, “If it doesn’t work out, I will kill myself.”
  • Buck talks about what medical things went wrong for him during his transition.
  • Buck tries to explain some of the consequences these treatments have on your body. They’re harsh on your body.
  • Being trans feels like a full-time job.
  • Why are people detransitioning?
  • What’s missing in the conversation when we talk about transitioning?
  • Buck is a very controversial figure in the trans community. He clears the air on why he believes what he believes.

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