The way you hold a mirror to the society and their gender norms is an inspiration
Hey Buck, I just became aware of yourself and watched the video where you talk about a hate mail you received. What a shame! I am sure those aren’t the only kind of emails you would receive, but I still think it’s important that we praise as much as the ones that hate. Well…What a beautiful man inside and out! The way you hold a mirror to the society and their gender norms is an inspiration to many more than the haters I would guess. You keep it up, and derive strength whenever you need, from the fact that in the distant corners of the world, there are people, not necessarily transgender or gender nonconformotive, just people, who are inspired by you simply because you are a remarkable and an inspirational man. Much love from Istanbul,
Thank you so much for taking the time to email me with kind words. I do get many many emails like yours and really not as many hate ones. But I though it was very important to address those as well. Hate is a very scary thing and many people hate me or my message because they do not want to understand. That is ok because there are people like you who get a positive message from me and really that is the most important. People are not always going to like what I have to say and that is ok too.
Thanks again for taking the time.
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Today I waslistening toBuckAngeland I had toholdmy tearsseveral times.Hisstory abouthis wholejourneyto where hestoodtodaywaspoignant,amazingand strong.Thiswas thefirst lectureI was atwhere I have notlooked at theclock, andyawned.
BuckAngeltold mehow healways hada strugglewithhis sexand hisworst enemywas hisownbreast. Once hetook them awaysohe feltrelief. Asa stonehadstruck downfrom hisbackpack. Bucktalked abouthis threesuicide attemptsand how hehasbeen called afreakover the yearswhere hehasbeen recommendedto visit thevariouspsychologicalclinicsandhospitals toget well?
Everythingwas so incrediblytouching andremarkable.
ItwasBuckAngelsadwhen hetalked aboutwhen he enteredpuberty,developedbreasts, and hispastsogoodmale friendsbegan totreat himas a girl.
IttoldBuckAngelhow henot rememberhow hefor a yeartraveled aroundEurope asacclaimedmodel.
Iwill writemore aboutit a littlelaterbutBuckAngelwasthe best thing thathappened today.ThanksBuck,thanksPride House!
A moving letter from Stockholm-It has just been such an amazing exerience being here at Pride in Stockholm. I honesty can’t remember the last time so many people have come up to me to tell me how much of an inspiration I have been to help them move on and feel like they have something to look forward to because of my strength and courage to tell my story. I feel so wonderful to be able to help people I just can’t explain the feelings in words! here is an email from someone who attended my talk here in Stockholm pride:
I saw you at Pride on the 4th, and I was just so moved by your story. When you spoke about starting to hate yourself when you were growing up, I cried with you; I began hating every part of myself around the same time in my life, but the difference is I never stopped. I still haven’t found it in me to accept who I am. I am now 23 years old and after nearly 13 years of harming myself in just about every way imaginable in order to dull the pain of self-loathing, I’ve just started seeing a therapist to try and get better. Hearing your story and seeing you stand there, so strong, confident and beautiful really inspired me to keep fighting. Listening to your words, I felt like for the first time I really believed that everything was going to be alright, somehow. So I just wanted to thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You’ve touched my life, and I’m so grateful. Thank you for being you.
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As an icon of popular culture, Buck Angel's message of empowerment through
self-acceptance and being sexually comfortable in your own skin has struck
a passionate chord with folks all over the world. Buck is not only inspiring people to think outside the box, he is re-defining gender and educating an entire generation on the fluidity of sexuality and identity politics.