A list of evidence of @BuckAngel putting down trans*/queer folks [TW: Racism, sexism, cissexist, threats, etc.]
- Here he put someone down for being poor and insinuated it was some form of punishment since the OP doesn’t like that Buck is transmisogynistic or classist.
- Here he posted a video of queer people of color as a token of his anti-racism?
- [TW: CISSEXISM AND BODY SHAMING] Here is a screencap of a tweet he posted in response to someone who pointed out that his using someone’s personal post-op photos as a reason that he didn’t want to get surgery was hurtful. On his blog, Buck lies to his readers and says he was only talking about his own body when that’s obviously not that case when he says “it is not ok to want that :)” [TW: Hardcore cissexism and bottom shaming]
- Here he tells Village Voice and by virtue all trans* people, that fundraising for surgery is not what real men do. “You wanna be a man? Act like a man.” Tell me, Buck, what if I don’t “want to be a man”? Or you know how about the notion that I already am one since I identify as such?
- Here’s a quote of Buck Angel defending Dan Savage’s blatant cissexism. Here’s evidence of Savage’s cissexism.
- Here’s Buck insinuating a threat to a queer person of color for calling him out on racism and classism. Tell us, Buck, get you into trouble how?
- Here’s Buck telling me to grow up after he said I should do more for the trans* community.
I was going to isolate it to bottom surgery result insults, but it’s important to me that folks who look up to him know this. Because I looked up to him, because it’s easy to look up to someone who is trans*, jerk or not, simply because there are virtually no trans* people in the limelight. Not because it’s the worst thing in the world to make mistakes. A lot of us accidentally perpetuate oppression. It doesn’t make it okay at all, but we learn and grow while accepting the fact that we are indeed capable of doing such things. This list serves as an example of the fact that Buck doesn’t care so long as Buck is right. This would be a completely different post if Buck didn’t incessantly derail folks when they call him out.
Please be aware that Buck has in the past linked to people’s blogs on his Twitter alongside language that portrays anyone who calls him out as taking part in harassment so as to incite hate mail. I want to also be clear that some of the messages I received in response to this endeavor were cis folks cissplaining me by telling me to fight bigger demons. The bigger demon being cissplaining? Okay then! I say this as a warning to those who are triggered by these things.
If you have anything to add, please reblog and add links (if you’d like). Be sure to add trigger warnings. This post was a little rushed, since he seems to think that I have all of the time in the world for such things.
As a community, I think it’s really important that we start speaking back against people in the communities who have largely made themselves the self proclaimed “leaders” of the trans and LGBT movements. Buck Angel does not speak for the majority of the trans community and consistently says things which hurt and shame those less privileged than him. He is not a trans leader because trans people have elected him and supported him to become one, he is a self proclaimed trans activist because he has shit tons of privilege which have given him to opportunity to get a ton of cis people and privileged trans folks to like him. I don’t like to criticize activists just for having privilege, just because someone is more privileged doesn’t mean they can’t help others, but they need to recognize their position and learn how their privilege is fucking over other people in the trans community.
People who claim they are our allies but act otherwise are sometimes the most dangerous enemies of all. Buck Angel, along with other “activists” like Dan Savage, rationalize the oppression of marginalized trans people and use their own privileged experiences to fuck the rest of us over. They’re not really interested in helping the majority of the trans community, they are out there to make money and a name for themselves in their careers. They spectacularize their own identities while at the same time do things which hurt those in less privileged positions.
It would be one thing if these people who put themselves on pedestals for the queer and trans communities accepted that they are not always right and will apologize when their politics are fucked up. That’s what real activists should do because they realize that their politics are about helping others and the community, not about ALWAYS BEING RIGHT. If Buck Angel and Dan Savage were less worried about their careers, their mainstream cis audience ratings, and their MTV shows, then maybe they would find some fucking humbleness if their actions instead of tearing down everyone who disagrees with them (it looks like Dan Savage is still pissed off about being called out on his transphobic/cissexist remarks and even seems to think it’s not that big of a deal when other cis people say it either). They will never learn and as a community we need to stop supporting them.
They may point out some enemy they call more sinister, like anti-gay republican candidates, and I agree that they are horrible people and should not be in elected positions, but hey at least they’re honest about being my enemies. Buck Angel and Dan Savage claim to be our allies but in the end they will throw us under the bus to to further his own careers and no one will even fucking notice because they believe “trans activists” could do no wrong to the trans community. This happens to trans people all the fucking time in queer activists communities, and when we complain, we are either ignored, discounted as “crazy” or “insane”, or told that we are “dividing the community”.
No, so fuck you Buck Angel, we are not dividing the community, you are! When your politics don’t include people of color, don’t include poor trans folks, don’t include non-binary folks, don’t include trans women, don’t include a multitude of identities and positions that you will never experience, you justify our oppression and marginalization and you won’t even fucking take up the responsibility for it.
Buck Angel is an empty figurehead for the trans community that is really there because he’s been able to make a career with a cis audience. The trans community should just drop his ass, stop supporting him, and move on to find the real leaders of our movement who are humble enough to admit when they’re wrong and continually work to have better and more inclusive politics.
I’m not gonna be surprised if this post shows up on one of Buck Angel’s and Dan Savages blogs, along with some adjectives describing me as crazy or a moron, so that they can stick their followers on me and the people they pay to improve their media relations. But wait, I thought Dan Savage was against cyber-bullying, or is he only against it when it makes him money? Otherwise, it would appear it’s free game for these bullies to say whatever they want and defend it as free speech and being against censorship.
Since Buck Angel has started Transgasm, I thought it important to remind people who Buck Angel is…