We had the good fortune of connecting with Buck Angel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Buck, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a person who did not graduate high school or have any academic background, I have always felt a little inferior to others. Education is something that is revered in the world. I was always told I would amount to nothing. I struggled most of my early life with my gender dysphoria. Because of this, I become a person who had a hard time functioning in the world. Born female and feeling male. Being born 58 years ago and dealing with all my dysphoria in a time no one could even diagnose me as a transsexual man. I checked out of life. It wasn’t until I became sober and started to transition to live male 26 years ago did my confidence level and desire to create increase. That was when I started to see so many business opportunities for me and my trans community.
I jumped in headfirst. I became an entrepreneur. Seeing everything as a possibility and not as an obstacle.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Today my business revolves around trans wellness. That can be sexual wellness as well as plant medicine wellness.
My company Buck Angel Entertainment started in sexual wellness for trans men. I created the worlds first line of trans male products including the first sex toys for trans men. I now have a line of grooming products for trans men from SLIQUID. I have partnered with certain companies to help get my products to a bigger audience.
I am also working in the cannabis/CBD sector and have created Buck’s Balm and Buck Shot. Two CBD-infused products. This has helped me as an influencer in the cannabis space. There are few LGBTQ people in this space and it was very important for me to see us there. Many people do not know the history of the legalization of cannabis and that the Gay community helped to get it legalized because of AIDS. This Pharma drug is called Marinol and was created by our community.
By keeping the LGBTQ community tied to Cannabis we can create jobs for our community and give back. This is one of the important parts of my business, giving back.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wattles Mansion Park! I love this place. What I would do is go by some tacos or maybe just a picnic basket full of great cheese and crackers. Take you up to the mansion with my dog Arjuna. We would have a picnic and then I would take you up to the buddha so we could give some good energy to the universe. After that we would keep trekking up the mountain, to work off that cheese, and head to Runyan Canyon.
Los Angeles has some awesome hiking spots that overlook the whole city. At dusk the city is so beautiful.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Casey Weitzman, MA, LMFT is the therapist that helped save my life. When I was struggling with my gender dysphoria over 25 years ago, I met this wonderful human named Casey, She was the one who said to me ” I see you” “I know you are a man” No one had ever said that to me before. It was like my whole world just changed.
Casey believed me. No one else did. But there was really no internet and no google back in the day. It was not so easy just to transition. It was almost impossible. There were no trans spaces and Casey stood by me. She helped me figure out how to start my HRT and helped me find a surgeon. All when there were none for trans men.
Because Casey stood by me and believed me, I could do anything.
Today Casey has here own gender clinic in Los Angeles called https://genwell.org/casey-weitzman/ and she continues to do the work for the transsexual community.
Mark Dektor Allen Amato