Welcome to RyanSallans.Com | Transgender Speaker

Ryan Sallans is a transgender speaker, consultant, publisher and author of the book Second Son. He became internationally known after the release of the LOGO channel documentary Gender Rebel, which followed him in the beginning steps of his transition from female to male in 2005. He has also appeared on various TV and radio shows including Larry King Live, Ricki: The New Ricki Lake Show, Trisha, HuffPost Live, and On Point with Tom Ashbrook.


Public Speaker
Professional Trainer


Public Speaker

Ryan provides presentations and programs to college and university campuses, conferences and agencies seeking to learn more about transgender identities, the LGBTQ community, and eating disorders.

Professional Trainer

Ryan provides professional training to companies, agencies, and university campuses surrounding transgender identities including gender transitions in the workplace, serving transgender and LGBQ clients or patients, and creating inclusive campus and school environments for transgender students.


Ryan serves as a Lead Subject Matter Expert for companies and organizations seeking interactive and online training tools for their employees and managers.

Transgender Support

Along with providing professional services, Ryan also offers support for individuals who are exploring their gender identity and those who are already in the transition process. There is a section in this website for transgender individuals that includes information about Ryan’s experience, photos from his transition and videos that he has made over the years.

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Public Speaking and Training

With over 15 years of experience, Ryan has established himself as a trusted and engaging speaker, trainer and consultant.

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Transgender Speaker
Professional Training

Corporate training, staff development, or keynote speaker, Ryan can help create positive change.

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Transgender Books

Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life is a story that intimately explores the transition experience of Ryan Sallans, born Kimberly Ann Sallans.

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Transgender College Speaker
Colleges and Universities

Having visited over 50 campuses around the nation, Ryan has professional staff development trainings, classroom presentations and campus-wide programming to fit your needs.

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Past Clients

For the past ten years, Ryan has presented on college and university campuses across the nation. Programming requested by campuses includes learning about transgender identities and hearing his transition story titled FTM: Scouting the Unknown and also his popular staff development training titled Stepping Toward a Trans-Inclusive Campus. Ryan’s training and consultative services surrounding gender transitions in the workplace has been conducted for companies across the nation, including Fortune 500 companies. Conferences also hire Ryan as their keynote speaker on topics surrounding identity, challenge, and openness.  

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“I cannot say enough how much the JMU community truly enjoyed and learned from Ryan.  The professional development for a trans inclusive campus provided an opportunity for meaningful learning and discussion among our Student Affairs professionals.  The campus-wide presentation Sexing Ed was incredible!  I looked around several times throughout to see students that were completely absorbed.  Ryan has the ability to engage audience members, he is an outstanding speaker.”


Veronica Whalen Jones
Health Educator, James Madison University

“If you’re looking for a speaker who can address the subtleties and nuances of sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression without confusing beginners or offending more knowledgeable audience members, I highly recommend Ryan Sallans for your next program.”

Maure L. Smith-Benanti
Assistant Director Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Education & Support Services, University of Oregon

“Ryan presented at our conference for therapists on what clinicians should know about transgender issues.  He was warm, funny, engaging and articulate.  The audience asked many questions and there was not a single question he was unable to answer.  His speaking evaluations were excellent. I highly recommend Ryan as a speaker.”

Stefanie Carnes, PhD

Disclaimer: Gender Rebel (C) LOGO, 2006

TV and Media

Since 2005, Ryan has appeared on numerous TV shows, news interviews, radio shows and web channels. His most popular appearance was in the documentary Gender Rebel on the LOGO channel, which followed him in his beginning steps of his transition, including having chest surgery, beginning hormone therapy and getting his driver’s license changed to reflect his new name and gender marker. The clip to the left is the introduction to this documentary.

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