Ryan Sallans is a transgender speaker, consultant, 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.
For the past thirteen years, Ryan has been hosted as a transgender speaker on almost 70 college and university campuses across the nation. Scouting the Unknown is his most requested campus presentation, which is the story of his recovery from anorexia nervosa and his transition from female-to-male. Ryan’s cross-section of experience allows him to not only offer programming for students, but to also provide professional staff development training surrounding transgender inclusion on campus.
Ryan works globally with corporations and health care agencies seeking to increase competency and inclusion for transgender employees, clients and patients. Some past clients include Berkshire Hathaway, Nokia, Human Rights Campaign, Mutual of Omaha, Express Scripts, US Department of Energy, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Conferences also hire Ryan as their keynote speaker on topics surrounding identity, challenge, and openness.