On Jan 25 and 26 of this week, Ryan and his memoir will be traveling to Peabody, MA to make an appearance at the longest running transgender conference in the US, called First Event.
Ryan will be conducting two presentations:
On Friday from 1 to 2:20 pm he will present, Body Transformation: Finding Peace with Change and Genetics. This workshop will address the issue of body image and the transgender body. It will explore the effects and limitations of hormones, surgery, and the beliefs we have formed about appearance due to the media. Ryan will also share his own story of being an eating disordered female who nearly died from anorexia, to a healthy male. His story will include his own struggles with body image today, and what hormones and surgery have done to help him find peace. Audience questions and discussion are strongly encouraged.
On Saturday from 10 – 11:20 am he will be presenting, Metoidioplasty: Making the Decision and Sharing the Outcome. This workshop will be a combination of exploring one transman’s metoidioplasty experience, as well as what a person should think about/explore before making their own decision regarding what lower surgery technique they want completed and which surgeon they feel most comfortable going to. Ryan will cover his decision-making process, financing the surgery, preparing both mentally and physically for the surgery and the recovery process. Audience questions are strongly encouraged.
He’ll also be selling signed copies of Second Son!