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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
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Joe Stevens: Queer Culture, Female Roots and Making Music as a Trans Man

Check out this interview with Joe and then check out his music. I’ve been listening to his music for almost a decade now!

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s largest daily newspaper is under fire for running an anti-transgender advertisement in Sunday’s edition that claimed high school boys may soon be allowed to shower with girls.

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The full page ad, paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, is in response to a proposed policy change by the Minnesota State High School League that would provide inclusion for transgender athletes.

The ad says, “A male wants to shower next to your 14 year old daughter. Are you okay with that?”

Under the proposed policy, transgender high school students can play on the team of their choice (male or female) but have to have a physician’s documentation and in some cases must have begun hormone therapy to “preserve competitive equity.” The MSHSL policy also provides transgender students avenues for corrective action if a school district does not comply.

The Column reports that the Catholic Church and the religious right have mounted a campaign to block the proposal, and in the process, have perpetuated false stereotypes about transgender people, including the myth that transgender students will prey on fellow students in locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and hotel rooms.

The proposed policy is similar to ones already adopted by several other states, including Nebraska and South Dakota.

The newspaper’s decision to run the ad has angered many longtime readers, who have taken to Twitter to voice their disagreement with the ad.

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Speaking at the Northern Plains #PFLAG Regional Conference today on #transgender identities. In good company. #LGBTQ

Air travel bliss. #luckyday

This is in the restroom on the set of Brothers the web series. I feel pee shy now. #childrencanbecreapy #brotherswebseries

Waiting to board my flight for NYC in the Dallas airport and realized this is the lightest I have traveled in a very, very long time. One backpack is bliss.

The policy states that Facebook users should use their “real name” like that on their “driver’s license or credit card.”

For transgender people, a community already violently targeted at disproportionate rates, this unfair policy could present another barrier to being able to safely, publicly live an authentic life. Laws allowing someone to legally change their name vary from state to state and country to country. The process is often costly and quite burdensome, especially for those who are low-income, immigrants, or otherwise having a hard time making ends meet.

In some situations a person’s name simply cannot be legally changed.

Puberty suppression is also considered reversible. The medications are discontinued if the adolescent’s GD spontaneously desists. In those cases, the adolescent will undergo normal puberty, albeit a delayed one. However, in cases where GD persists, cross-sex hormones (masculinizing or feminizing, depending on the sex assigned at birth) are first administered at age 16, and gender-reassignment surgery may be performed later, at age 18. In their study, Dr. Annelou de Vries and her colleagues report on 55 young transgender adults, including 22 trans women (male to female) and 33 trans men (female to male) who had puberty suppressed as adolescents. All were assessed three times over six years: before starting puberty suppression, at the time that cross-sex hormones were introduced, and at least one year after gender-reassignment surgery. The researchers assessed psychological adjustment and “measures [of] objective and subjective well-being (often referred to as “quality of life”), that is, the individuals’ social life circumstances and their perceptions of satisfaction with life and happiness.” The study did not address any physical side effects of treatment, although the authors note that those studies are in the works.

The more research we have validating the effectiveness of puberty suppression in transgender adolescents, the more providers will be willing to work with youth!

Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works | Jack Drescher

Transgender Students Rights and Schools: Where is our Compassion?

I have been very fortunate to have been asked into elementary, middle and high schools to conduct all-staff trainings on gender inclusion and working with transgender students. Currently the media is abuzz with varying stories around the nation regarding transgender students and their equal rights to access restrooms, locker rooms, and activities that align with their gender identity, not what…

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