A documentary about the life of
transgender porn pioneer Buck Angel arrives on DVD December 3.
Director Dan Hunt shot Mr. Angel
over six years. The film premiered during Austin's SXSW Film
Festival in March.
Buck survived addiction, homelessness,
a suicide attempt and opposition to his gender expression to become
an unlikely hero. (The film's trailer is embedded on this page.
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In an interview with Out's
Michael Musto, Buck said that his decision to not have penis
surgery has proved controversial.
“I once received an email from
someone who asked me if I would ever get the penis surgery. I said,
'No, because I am so comfortable now and I do not feel the need,'”
“I then decided to post a photo of a
trans man's surgery and stated that I did not like the way these
penises looked or functioned. I got myself into trouble for doing
that and now I understand that I should have never disrespected
someone's choice to have the surgery. I publicly apologized to the
community and to the person whose photo I posted. [It was only of
the penis, not of the face.] But to this day, I still am called a
penis hater and transphobic. One thing with the community is, when
you become a more public figure, some people love you and some will
find any excuse to bash you. It's such a shame because it hurts our
communities more than they realize.”
Today, Buck shares his message of
empowerment as an activist and educator.