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
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I found this new symbol to be interesting, a bit odd, but interesting. 

In Halifax, Novia Scotia their Capital Hill has decided to change the symbols on their single stall bathrooms from male/female symbols to now three….male/female and then one split (like what you would see in a bad Las Vegas show or at the circus). 

Their reasoning is the following: “The familiar stick figures remain, so as not to confuse anyone used to looking for them to point the way to a washroom… Capital Health has added a third figure to the signs on some of its single-stall bathrooms in Halifax to represent transgender people, in a move designed to signal a welcoming environment to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.”

I applaud Halifax’s Capital Hill for their statement and intent, but wonder why we need the male/female/hybrid at all. Couldn’t it just say, “Unisex” or “Pee Here” or “Gender Neutral”? 

*One disclaimer due to the amount of hits this post has gotten: I don’t want this post to come off as me “bitching” about the move made by Capital Hill…as I said I APPLAUD them for inclusiveness and can say that in political institutions within the U.S., I can only dream of them starting to move toward broader ranges of inclusive environments. I just find the bottom symbol confusing. I don’t want to be negative about this, just questioning where we can evolve symbols. Continue on with your opinions.



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    So proud of my city (:
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    If you want to read more about the social problem of binary bathrooms I highly recommend Judith Halberstam’s Female...
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    It’s not perfect, we can all agree, but it sure makes me proud to call Halifax home
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    I found this new symbol to be interesting, a bit odd, but interesting. In Halifax, Novia Scotia their Capital Hill has...
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    Okay I know this isn’t the point, but I really don’t like mixing bathrooms for this reason: GUYS BATHROOMS ARE ALWAYS...
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