Ryan Scout_FTM

Ryan Sallans, activist and author, transitioned from female to male in 2005 and has recounted his life experiences in his newly released memoir, Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life.

Since he began he has been committed to education surrounding medical, legal and social issues related to the transgender community. This blog serves as a guide and resource for individuals seeking guidance in the transgender community or for friends, family, lovers and partners who are eager to learn more about how a transition may impact the individual's life and those around them.


He has maintained a transition website since 2005 with the goal of helping others through his story and experiences. People can visit his site at: http://www.ryansallans.com
http://www.secondsonmemoir.com
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By daring to speak and live her truth as a lesbian, Zimbabwean immigrant and mother of two Ruth Marimo knew she was endangering her life. Ruth Marimo was a mother, Zimbabwean immigrant, abuse survivor, and lesbian. In this excerpt from OUTsider, read about the night her ex-husband turned all that against her to add one more identity: inmate.

I find myself sitting on a shiny metal stool, writing on a shiny metal table, wearing an orange outfit with big black letters that say CASS COUNTY JAIL. Tears are streaming down my face and falling like raindrops onto the paper on which I’m trying to write. The cold temperature of the room infuses a chill right into the core of my weak bones.

"What’s my crime?" you ask. I’m an alien — illegal in this foreign land, put here in this jail cell by the person I’ve spent the last seven years of my life with, the person with whom I bore two beautiful children, the citizen to whom I’m still legally married, the person who nearly took my life a little over a month ago.

I had separated myself from Ted at the beginning of the year. It was September 20, 2008. In my heart and mind, I had no emotional, physical, or spiritual ties to Ted. Legally, we were still married, but I had started the process of acquiring a lawyer. Because I knew that he would turn my immigration status against me, I had started to look into what options I had to obtain legal residency without him. …

When I had confessed to Ted my feelings toward other women … he used this as an excuse and a means for where all the blame would lie. … That’s how complicated my world is now. I was daring to indulge in the part of me that always existed, but I was also endangering my life. I was still married to a man whose anger was unsurpassed.

He would, without a doubt, make my life a living hell.

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Read the rest of Ruth’s excerpt by following the URL. I am very proud to have worked with Ruth to create this powerful memoir through my publishing company, Scout Publishing LLC.

Ruby Rose Explores Gender In Powerful New Video ‘Break Free’

Model and DJ Ruby Rose has released an incredible short film that explores the fluidity of the way humans embody concepts of gender.

Called “Break Free,” the video, released last week, is a powerful look at the ways that gender is performed and lived — at least through a binary understanding of male/female.

Rose has since used the video’s visibility to discuss other issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. On Friday she posted the following statement on her Facebook:

You know what needs to stop just as much as homophobia, bullying within the LGBT Community… A ‘bisexual’ isn’t just greedy.. ‘Pansexual’ exists and isn’t a cop out.. ‘Straight’ people can be gay huge advocates and blessings to the community… you can identify as trans without surgery, you can be gender fluid… in fact guess what… you can be whoever you are and like whoever you like and WE should spread the love and acceptance we constantly say we don’t receive.

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ryansallans ryansallans Said:

Thank you for your kind message. Keeps me going. 

-Ryan

The new Honor Your Truths tshirts have arrived! Black shirts, color logo, sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL! Order your shirt today at http://www.ryansallans.com/store/

President Barack Obama on Monday will sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of federal contractors and the federal government. The executive order has two components: It prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity — a move that affects 24,000 companies employing roughly 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation’s workforce — and it explicitly bans discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity.
Science, the academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, put an image of transgender women sex workers on their cover this week, to accompany an extensive special section about HIV/AIDS prevention approaches. However, on the cover, the women’s heads were cut out of the frame, leaving only their bodies.
Prosanta Chakrabarty, an evolutionary biologist at Louisiana University, pointed out the problem. This prompted many on Twitter, including Scientific American blogger Janet Stemwedel, to note that depicting women in tight clothing without their heads is dehumanizing and objectifying.

Science, the academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, put an image of transgender women sex workers on their cover this week, to accompany an extensive special section about HIV/AIDS prevention approaches. However, on the cover, the women’s heads were cut out of the frame, leaving only their bodies.

Prosanta Chakrabarty, an evolutionary biologist at Louisiana University, pointed out the problem. This prompted many on Twitter, including Scientific American blogger Janet Stemwedel, to note that depicting women in tight clothing without their heads is dehumanizing and objectifying.

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In Batgirl #19, on sale today in both print and digital formats, the character Alysia Yeoh will reveal that she is atranswoman in a conversation with her roommate, Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl). Taking care to distinguish Yeoh’s sexual orientation from her gender identity, Batgirl writer Gail Simone noted that the character is also bisexual.

Although Alysia Yeoh may be the first ongoing transgender character in a mainstream superhero book, Simone notes that there have been transgender characters before in independent comics and mature readers titles; and even in the Marvel and DC superhero universes, several characters have achieved gender-fluidity through fantastical means like magic, shape-shifting, brain-swapping, and cloning. “Those characters exist [and] that’s great, but I wanted to have trans characters who aren’t fantasy-based. And I feel like there’s a lot there yet to do.

Read full article here

For folks in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas and Missouri. Gender Reel Film Festival -  coast-to-coast event dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming, gender variant/queer and transgender people, identities and experiences - will be in Omaha, Nebraska on October 19th from 1:30 to 8:00&#160;pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. 
Save the date!!
http://genderreelfest.com/?page_id=2844

For folks in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas and Missouri. Gender Reel Film Festival -  coast-to-coast event dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming, gender variant/queer and transgender people, identities and experiences - will be in Omaha, Nebraska on October 19th from 1:30 to 8:00 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Save the date!!

http://genderreelfest.com/?page_id=2844

Trying to find motivation so looking through some old photos of me. Yep, just a transguy chillin’ in his underwear. http://www.ryansallans.com