Ryan Sallans

Ryan Sallans

Ryan Sallans, MA is an inspirational transgender speaker and author who specializes in inclusion, diversity, and healthcare. Over the past 20 years, Ryan has worked in the fields of eating disorder recovery, sexual orientation, and gender identity development. His work focuses on building inclusive environments and providing trauma-informed care for students, patients, employees and clients. His growing body of texts and teachings assist corporations, healthcare institutions, federal agencies, universities, 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 LiveRicki: The New Ricki Lake ShowTrishaNPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, HuffPost Live and has made his acting debut on the web series, BrothersHe has also been interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines including The AdvocateUSNewsBuzzFeedThe Chicago BureauInternational Business TimesBaltimore 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 where he is seen as a white man.

Ryan is currently working on his third book, Finding Me: A Journey to Self-Discovery (Scout Publishing, 2022) which will explore life beyond a transitional journey, by entering into Ryan’s stumbling journey to finding his adult self in a very complicated life.

Ryan Sallans graduated Sigma Tau Delta from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology and English, a Master of Arts in English (specializing in creative writing), and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (specializing in human health behavior).

GEMS 101 Matters of the Heart: Learning about our Human Sexuality

Matters of the Heart walks attendees through the complexities and also simplicities of human sexuality through the intersections of human growth and development, research findings, and health models. The presenter will then cover current national climate survey findings, recommendations and best practice guidelines when working with transgender youth who are part of residential treatment programs. The […]


On the Deeper Side of ED: From the Patient to the Professional

On the Deeper Side of ED: From the Patient to the Professional is a presentation designed to enhance attendees understanding of the contributing factors that influence eating disordered behavior, with a high-tuned focus on patients with marginalized identities. The presentation intertwines the presenter’s own eating disorder recovery story with research studies and anecdotal evidence surrounding identity […]