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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After hiring Gloria Allred as her attorney in the decision by the Trump-organization to disqualify Jenna from the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, they suddenly had a change of heart and are now reinstating her as a contestant. Citing in a brief statement posted on the Miss Universe Canada website, “organizers said Talackova can compete in the 2012 competition “provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.”

Marie Little, chair of Vancouver’s Trans Alliance Society, said Canada legally recognizes transgender women as women after they undergo surgery, are certified by their doctor, and complete proper documentation.

'That’s what counts. They’re legally women,' she said.

Little said the pageant rules specifying contestants should be a “naturally born female was poorly worded.”

I see this as a victory because thanks to online petitions, voices in objection to Trump’s previous ruling and the backing of attorney, Gloria Allred, this unjust decision has been overturned. However, I also see some hurdles that will still need to be jumped for future contestants. 1) requiring surgery 2) the view that “what counts is that one is legally a woman” and 3) what measures beauty?

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Vancouver+transgender+beauty+back+Miss+Universe+Canada+pageant/6399986/story.html#ixzz1qwYh0rEl