Raven’s Porn Corner

An Interview With Trans Star Buck Angel
By Barry Cornelius, Raven’s Eden
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Buck Angel_CroppedWelcome to the first Raven’s Porn Corner of 2014.  This month I chat with a truly amazing man.  Filmmaker, educator, and inspirational speaker and trans man adult entertainment star Buck Angel.

RE: As the first FTM (Female to Male) adult entertainment star. Tell our readers aboutwhat changes you have seen in the adult entertainment industry.   What would you like to see in the future for yourself and other FTM performers.

BA: First thanks so much for the interview. I always appreciate being able to further educate the masses.As for changes in the adult industry, well they have been good but I also think kind of slow. There is way more alternative stuff going on, such as more people doing FTM porn as well as some feminist and queer porn stuff. But that said it is still pretty small in comparison to all the other genres in the industry.  I am not sure why it is taking so long for these genres to grow. Specially the FTM genre. I would love to see the FTM genre as big as the MTF.  That was my goal when I first started. To make this into a genre. I think with my series Sexing The Transman XXX this has brought lots more visibility to the transmen porn guys.  I also see many more guys wanting to make porn with me.

RE:  Your movie series “Sexing the Transman” has become a worldwide hit. Winning awards and film festival prizes all over the world (Including a few Raven’s Eden Awards). How has this recognition helped the Trans* community?

BA: WOW I know it’s just been crazy. I would have never thought it would be so big. Of course I am super excited that it has taken off and that I am on Volume 4 already.  The trans* community has a love/hate relationship with me. This is because I push so many boundaries and I think that community tends to be a bit more boxed in and they read into my stuff sometimes as being a negative representation of the trans community. What part of the community doesn’t understand is that these are individuals telling their own stories of transition. This is a good thing as we are all individuals. But that said I also have a large positive following of trans people.

RE:  You are more than an adult entertainment star. You are also a filmmaker,educator,and inspirational speaker. What has been the biggest moment of your career so far?

BA: I would have a hard time just picking one really. There have been some awesome moments in my career. Winning lots of awards for my work, A ravens award, AVN award, feminist award, speaking at Idea City in Toronto, having a sculpture done by British artist Marc Quinn, speaking at YALE. It’s been so amazing for me and I feel so much gratitude for all I have been able to do and bring to this industry.

RE: This last question is on behalf of all the youth out there struggling with accepting who they are. What words of advice would you give them?

BA: It breaks my heart that there are still so many young people struggling today. I would say to them that the things that are happening to you today will eventually help to make you a stronger person. Don’t give up. Trust me I was there. I survived and I became somebody. Learn to love yourself first then everything else will follow.

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