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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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Posts tagged "intersex"
Understanding what intersex means also helps with understanding what it doesn’t mean. Our bodies are natural and normal and healthy; while some health problems are associated with some forms of intersex, simply being intersex isn’t a health problem in and of itself.

As someone that spends a majority of my time and work in healthcare and sexuality, words cannot describe how much I love this article written by Claudia about being intersex. It is spot on with a lot of talking points I use both in presentations and in online courses that I write. Intersex can be  a topic that confuses many just because of all the different forms of development and either chromosomal, hormonal, or internal/external genitalia development. This article helps take away the confusion, both through personal story telling and factual/accurate knowledge. 


Claudia Is Intersex, Let’s Talk About It | Autostraddle

There are between 40 to 60 intersex conditions. Many of them, people may never know they have, but for individuals born with genitalia that doesn’t fit the Prader Scale for genital development and “normalcy” they are instantly thrown into the world as a medical curiosity or a person that needs to be fixed. The American Medical Association supports the policy of withholding from any surgical intervention (unless medically necessary for health reasons) of an intersex child. We all should have say over our bodies, I hope this lawsuit helps bring about more change, but it will not change what has happened to this child, or thousands of others in this country. We need to continue to advocate for more training and education surrounding these issues within medical schools and the field. 


A compelling documentary called, Common Gender explores the lives of hirja’s in Southeast Asia. I hope that I’m able to get my hands on this film. The stories shared will have a lasting impact and hopefully raise more awareness of the changes that need to happen around the world for fair and equal treatment. 

A quote from the article about the film that had me near tears was: “Robin was at a mall as a hijra or transgender female was thrown first out of the men’s room and then the ladies’ room. As customers began screaming, security guards dragged her to the street and began beating her.

"What are you doing here?" shouted the guards. "I’m human! I need to go to the toilet," she replied."

To learn more about the film click here .

This photo comes from a great article about three African transgender and intersex rights advocacy organizations forming an alliance to enhance the trans and intersex movement on the continent. 

I have people from around the world contacting me and asking for help. This article is a resource I’ll use for those in Africa. Seeing organizations out there fighting for transgender and intersex rights gives me the hope that people who feel they are alone and without resources will now be able to take the steps they need to publicly define and express their individual identity.