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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
http://www.secondsonmemoir.com
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"The first time a parent of a transgender child asked me for advice, I was thrown for a loop. Ten years ago, I couldn’t quite fathom the reality that a family would actually seek to support their child. Limited as it was, my perception came from the notion that any of us desiring a gender transition had to pursue that as an adult, and that we do so only as a last resort. If anyone were to support our journey, we should feel deeply grateful.

However, a handful of parents had begun looking for guidance. I wondered what resources might exist for families. My search turned up what theirs already had: very little. Written resources, knowledgeable providers and inclusive policies at schools were all things that these parents expected to find but were extremely scarce.

I launched an event solely for these families — the Gender Odyssey Family Conference — followed by a year-round support group at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It didn’t take long for the group to grow from two families to four, from four to eight. As time passed, we filled our meeting room to the bursting point. A second group was formed, then a third, fourth and fifth. We used to hear from a new family once or twice a month. Now it’s daily.”

Read the rest of Aidan Key’s article by following the link!

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From Scout Publishing sharing expressions of gender, sexuality and identity.

WATCH: The Official Trailer for “Assigned Sex,” a controversial story about gender and culture in America through the eyes of transgender people of color. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OCTOBER 16! 

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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Thank you for your kind message. Keeps me going. 

-Ryan

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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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