The New Transsexuals Book-lots of great people in here. WOOF!
Hello Buck Angel,
I just wanted to let you know how much I do admire you and what you do. When I first went to your website I was appalled to see a successful FTM, come on now seriously we both know that must of took a lot of shit (media) to go through in order to still be up there on the top and moving forward. With all the responsibility on your shoulders, discrimination, and all those Hate crimes out there it’s a great thing to see someone as yourself being successful with the pathway in which you you decided to take. After watching all your videos on youtube, it makes me feel as if I too can live my life the way I wish to live and become successful in which ever way I wish to get it done. You are a great inspiration for me and others, and for 8 full years now I believe you’re still holding it down! Wow that’s amazing to even hear, you did not let anyone put you down or stop you from doing what you wanted to do. Even though you probably won’t take this email seriously or even read it, I do feel a connection with you in a way that I feel as if I can be myself and you can understand me to the fullest. I’m glad that you are here to open up people’s eyes and educate them. You are very much appreciated Buck.
Thank you kindly,
Thank you so much for the sweet email. Yes it has been over 8 years that I have been doing this and always having to deal with crazy hate and stupidity in a weird way makes me want to go more..if that makes sense. It is a rough road but I have to tell you that when I get emails like yours or from someone who feels like suicide is the only answer and my works makes them take a second look at life I have to say I feel like that is the whole reason I survived. That it is my path to help bring awareness and help people see that they don’t have to give up just because some people in the world think we should!
Thank you again it really means lots to me that you took the time to send this.
Pioneering Filmmaker, Speaker, and Advocate
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I hope it’s ok that I’m e-mailing you at this address, I got it from the end of your It Gets Better video you put up on youtube.
I’m e-mailing you because my boyfriend is ftm transgender, and pre everything. I worry for him so much and have no idea who to reach out to who is so knowledgeable and supportive, besides you! The reason I worry is that he is over weight, and wears these underworks chest binders that he will not leave the house without (and I understand why), but they cut into him because they are just so tight, and they make it so hard for him to breath, and he is developing back problems. He is from a small don’t ask don’t tell type community, and is terrified of going to his doctor.
Your it gets better video really spoke to me and moved me, and I wonder if you ever experienced the same thing with binders and what you did. I also wonder if there is something I could suggest to him for working out (he wants to be a gym rat so bad and idolizes you! teehee), without him being nervous about his “pre-everything” body.
I know that he needs to move himself forward, and I’m not asking for advice to convince him of anything because that is not my place on his journey of transitioning, I’m only asking if there is something I can help him with with the binder situation, I just can’t stand the thought of him permanently injuring his back, or having breathing problems for the rest of his life.
I hope this isn’t random or inappropriate to have e-mailed you.
I hope to hear back from you, and if not, that’s ok.
Thanks for the email, and yes this is a fine email to use.
Also thank you for watching my “It Gets Better Video” it means lots to me that it moved you. It was not easy to make but I have had such great feedback from it I am so happy I did it.
As for your boyfriend. I can totally relate to the undergarment thing. Before my surgery I used to wear my own contraption. They didn’t even make binders back in the day when I transitioned. What I did was buy a very small women’s sports bra and then wear a mens undershirt over that so it looked just like a undershirt under my t-shirt. My tits were strapped down so hard that at night when I took off the sport bra I had marks in my skin so deep. It was painful but I didn’t care because you could not see my tits. I am lucky that I have no damage. I think this is a common problem with many guys. He needs to look into finding a binder that fits better.
So I think part of the issue is his weight and the fact that he wants to start getting in shape is awesome. It will help his transition lots. I suggest he starts at home, Working out with some workout DVD’s. That’s what I did. You can get tons of great stuff now for cheap. If he starts like 15-20 minutes a day he will see results and when he starts losing weight then the binders will start to fit properly. Go to my website buckangelbodybuilding.com to see all of the workout DVDs I use and highly recommend.
I think lots of people really hate going to the gym as it is intimidating for many, That’s why working out at home is a great way to get in shape and not feel intimidated.
Let me know if this helps and thanks again for the letter and trusting me.
Pioneering Filmmaker, Educator, and Advocate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Los Angeles, CA; March 12, 2012
Buck Angel and The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance have joined forces to help move our world to a place where our fundamental human right to sexual freedom is fully realized. The mission of this organization meshes perfectly with Buck Angel’s message of being sexually comfortable in one’sown skin. Together they hope to advance an agenda that recognizes the wonderful diversity of sex, sexuality, and our rights to make informed, consensual choices in our lives.
Buck made history rising to prominence as the first female-to-male transsexual adult film star. More recently, he has focused on education, advocacy, and motivational speaking, reaching people from all across the globe and the spectrums of gender and sexuality through appearances at universities and numerous events.
As a leader in advocacy and activism for sexual freedom, rights and liberty, Ricci J. Levy the Executive Director of Woodhull says, “Buck’s long history of activism around sexuality and gender identity, coupled with his boundless energy and passion for sexual freedom will be enormous assets to Woodhull. Buck inspires people to think outside the box and I can’t wait to add his perspective and creativity to the work we’re doing to affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. I’m absolutely delighted at the prospect of working with him from now on!”
One of Buck’s first activities in joining the board was to announce that he will be donating 5% from each sale of his newest sex education film, “Sexing The Transman XXX” to the organization during the entire month of April. http://sexingthetransman.com/
For more information on Woodhull, visit http://www.woodhullalliance.org/To learn more about Buck Angel’s pioneering filmmaking, advocacy, and motivational speaking, please visit http://buckangelentertainment.com/
Buck Angel, you are an angel! Thank you for what you do! Your so inspiring for me, we need role models like you! I hope I can tell you a little bit about me because I feel this deep need to talk to you. My name is H, im 28 and im just starting my transition (ftm) who is pre t and already im lost with so much stacked against me. I live in a place that is not trans familiar and I have to change my life dramaticaly such as moving to another state to become myself and I dont even know if I will succeed. The pain got so bad it became unbearable to interact with people around me. I would call out of work just so I didnt have to be Tina that day. Having thoughts of succide every day to the point where I planned it out, a bottle of sleeping pills and a fifth of captain and call it good night and I almost did it. At that point I knew it was transition or bust. Im not as bold to transition in front of coworkers and friends so I quit my measly little job cashiering at a retail store and my friends havent heard from me in months. So im taking my tax return, moving to a place I dont even know just to escape my prison. I cant live a lie anymore just to make people happy but I also have a hard time explaing this to homophobic and transphobic people. So im going to go on this crazy ride to god knows where with nothing but a few belongings and what money I have. I know, sounds insaine but I hear its better than the alternative. So yeah, I mean I dont know what else to do but thank you for listening, well reading lol and I just want to tell you that you are doing an amazing job for the world to make it a better place for not only trans but everyone because your message is so profound that anyone can benifit from what u do. Thank you.
Thanks so much for your email! I am so proud of you for taking your negative situation and making it a positive one I do know how hard it is to live a lie as I tried suicide as well. That is not the answer.
You are doing the right thing and getting yourself in a place where you can be you! It might not be easy or it might just be super easy who knows but the fact that you are doing it say so much about who you are. Take the bull by the horns and go for it! I will be with you in spirit every step of the way. When you get in a bad spot just think of me pushing you and I hope that will help you!
Thank you for letting my work influence you in such a positive way! That means the world to me.
Keep in touch with me so I know how you are doing!
Pioneering Filmmaker, Speaker, and Advocate