Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
8 - TransGenerational Wisdom: A conversation with Buck Angel

8 - TransGenerational Wisdom: A conversation with Buck Angel

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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Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
In this podcast, now in its fourth year, therapists Stella O'Malley and Sasha Ayad take a deep dive into the psychological and cultural forces impacting the social changes around "gender." Through interviews with researchers, doctors, therapists, parents, detransitioners, and others, Sasha and Stella's podcast is a "must listen" for anyone trying to navigate the current gender landscape. With their sharp analytical minds and deep compassionate hearts, Stella and Sasha have also become known throughout many parent networks as lighthouses in the midst of some very stormy seas. Previous guests include Helen Joyce, Jesse Singal, Leor Sapir, Kathleen Stock, Jamie Reed, Peter Boghossian and more.