The former owner of a famed French Quarter body piercing shop is at the center of a legal battle after claiming her husband is not a man. According to court documents, Elayne Angel, former owner of Decatur Street’s Rings of Desire, claims that her marriage to the transgender female-to-male (FTM) porn star Buck Angel never legally happened due to his lack of a phallus.
A FTM divorce case
Buck and Elayne married in New Orleans, where same-sex marriage is illegal, on November 17, 2003. The couple relocated to Mexico post-Katrina and never returned to the city. Buck is asking for $2000 a month in spousal support and claims Elayne moved half a million dollars out of their joint account.
Buck has recorded videos for Dan Savage’s project, “It Get’s Better.” He was the winner of the “Transsexual Performer of the Year” at the Adult Video News Awards and continues to travel the country spreading a positive message on gender identity.
During an interview with Patrick Abboud, Buck says his goal is to change the world.
“I want to make people think about what that means,” he says. “To be a man. And a woman. And a straight person. And a gay person. And understand that it doesn’t exist. I want to deprogram people from thinking they have to be this way. That’s my ultimate goal.”