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Personally, Ryan Sallans likes to describe himself as a loving Nebraskan, that feels like an old Irishman, who likes to drink finely crafted beer and scotch, eat delicious organic and sustainable food, and backpack the world with his life partner and wife, named Megs. Ryan’s greatest gift and biggest passion is storytelling. As a writer and lecturer, Ryan uses his stories to help show people what life looks like when it is guided by love and confidence in self.
Professionally, Ryan is described as a transgender speaker and author who works in the fields of inclusion, diversity and healthcare. He has dedicated his life’s work to understanding human sexuality through behaviors and emotions. He writes and speaks about abuse, trauma, recovery, and resilience through the lens of eating disorder recovery and human sexuality, and is utilized by universities, healthcare agencies, corporations, federal agencies and communities.
His teachings are based on personal narrative storytelling, interwoven with his academic training, research and science. Over the years, Ryan has designed his work to break down barriers that gender presents us all, no matter the labels we currently use to describe ourselves.
After his appearance in the documentary Gender Rebel featured on MTV’s LOGO network in 2006, he began traveling to universities where he shares the story of his transition from female to male and his recovery from an eating disorder.
Ryan has been interviewed twice on Larry King Live, Ricki: The New Ricki Lake Show, Trisha, NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, HuffPost Live and has made his acting debut on the web series, Brothers. He has also been interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines including The Advocate, USNews, BuzzFeed, The Chicago Bureau, International Business Times, Baltimore Gay Life, and The Huffington Post.
From 2008 to 2020, Ryan served as the Lead Author and Subject Matter Expert for an extensive range of e-learning courses used around the nation to train healthcare professionals and staff seeking continuing education around serving the LGBTQ community. These courses are now part of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
His academic publications include several personal narratives for peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Ethics (2020), Journal of Ethics (2016), Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (2015), and Contemporary Sexuality (2012).
Ryan’s first memoir Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life (Scout Publishing, 2013) is one of a few transgender books detailing the life and transition of a transgender man. Second Son has been noted as required reading in Mary Karr’s 2015 New York Times Bestselling book The Art of Memoir.
His second memoir, Transforming Manhood: A trans man’s quest to build bridges and knock down walls (Scout Publishing, 2019) explores life and identity post-transition in modern-day America.
Ryan is currently working on his third book, Finding Me: A Journey to Self-Discovery (Scout Publishing, 2021) which will explore life beyond a transitional journey, by entering into Ryan’s journey to finding self, through healing from abuse and trauma.
Ryan Sallans graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology and English, a Master of Arts in English (focused on creative writing), and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (specializing in human health behavior).
Today, through Ryan’s body of texts and teachings, he is utilized across the nation, and in some parts of the world, as an expert in the field of human sexuality through the lens of gender. His personal experiences in life, combined with his professional training, now assists people and communities in healing themselves and their relationships on this planet.