Ryan K. Sallans
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"Ryan Sallans is an incredibly brave young man who has written a powerful book. Second Son will save lives."
--- Dan Savage, Co-Founder,
It Gets Better Project
"... fantastic page turning journey about life as a transgender male. As Ryan explores his own gender, he offers insight to the personal struggles and triumphs he faced in order to be true to himself ... Sallans should be commended."
--- Dr. Robi Ludwig,
Psychotherapist, TV Commentator and Author
Second Son is a unique lens on life and love, intimately exploring the transition experience of Ryan Sallans --- born Kimberly Ann Sallans.
Ride alongside Ryan's transition from a child to a body-obsessed young woman with an eating disorder, from female to male, daughter to son, and finally to a beloved partner to a cherished fiance'.
Ryan candidly shares his struggle to find love and acceptance; a struggle that transcends through every layer of society. He nearly died from an extreme case of anorexia as an insecure female college student. The only thing that spared him was his inner spirit begging for a chance to live.
Second Son chronicles Ryan's battle with his family, his romantic partner, and his body. It is an unblinking focus on self-empowerment tracing Ryan's evolution into manhood as he underwent gender reassignment surgeries.
It took twenty-nine years for Ryan to find himself. Second Son is an intimate and honest autobiography that will educate and empower anyone journeying to find their own destiny, love, and life.
About the Author
Ryan Sallans, born and raised in rural Nebraska, began his transition from female to male in 2005. He is most known today as a national speaker who shares his journey from female- to male-bodied, as well as his struggles with an eating disorder. Ryan received a Master of Arts degree in English and educational psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He now works as a diversity trainer and consultant and as an author.