Buck Angel is more than just a transman, or a film maker, or author, or motivational speaker. Mr Angel, as the MB team likes to say with no small degree of respect, is quite simply, an inspiration. His appearance here on Monday last has to be one of our favourite in-store appearances yet and he gave over 50 locals a compelling evening of film, talk, understanding and community.
The new documentary, Mr Angel, a recent winner at the Seatle Film Festival, gave us all a much deeper understanding of Buck’s life experience, particularly from the view of his family. It is rare to hear the voices of family and friends in such open and honest ways – especially when connected with such a public personality.
We highly recommend viewing of the documentary (it’s available on Netflix amongst other sources) for anyone who is transitioning and it is a virtual must-see for their closest friends and family. There are so many questions answered in unexpected and heartfelt ways.
One of the great joys of having Buck in-store is his willingness not only to share, but to talk on-on-one with our communities about his experience, and to hear the stories of others’. There were more than a few folks in the audience that have told us how important and special it was for them to connect to Buck in person. For the first time we found our audience was not just adults, but families – those who want to love and support the trans men and women in their lives. Buck managed to highlight the challenges faced by families in beautifully honest ways and it left an impression on us all.
We’d like to thank Buck, Bruce and the MB team (who worked SO hard on the day), our standing-room-only crowd and Collide Magazine for covering the event. We’ll have news soon on their Buck Angel competition.