Transforming Manhood: A trans man's quest to build bridges and knock down walls

Transforming Manhood: A trans man's quest to build bridges and knock down walls

Transforming Manhood: A trans man's quest to build bridges and knock down walls

Transforming Manhood: A trans man's quest to build bridges and knock down walls


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What does it mean to be a husband?

What does it mean to be a trans man?

What does it mean to be an American man, speaking up and speaking out in today's divisive climate?

Ryan Sallans, transgender educator and lecturer, follows up his successful Second Son autobiography with this thought-provoking look at life in contemporary America. While the term "trans" has become much more visible, the undercurrents of what it actually means still rumbles beneath the surface. In this second searing memoir, Sallans leads his readers on a trip through domestic bliss and family fractures, speaking successes and online harassment, personal heights and dizzying falls. In Transforming Manhood, the author confides what it means to be a public personality, showcasing how his profile has earned him adulation, as well as accusations.

This follow-up to Second Son will inspire anyone who has ever fought personal demons to become the best possible person they had imagined. Through eye-opening discussions on college campuses, heart-to-heart talks with worried parents in America's heartland, and scary real-life stalking experiences, Sallans has overcome much and has grown from these encounters. Transforming Manhood is a book that chronicles Sallans's everyday struggles to transition into being a better husband, son, and man.

It's a book that pleads for the LGBTQ community to come together and place their differences aside. In today's political climate, it's a call for mutual understanding and for standing up for what you believe in. Transforming Manhood continues the story of Ryan Sallans's life, but more than that: it spotlights his hope and encouragement for a better, optimistic, unified future for everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989586870
Publisher: Scout Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Ryan K. Sallans is a Nebraska native who resides in Omaha. He graduated Sigma Tau Delta from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and English, Master of Arts in English, and Master of Arts in educational psychology. Sallans is the author of Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life. He has written essays and forewords for the books The Gender Quest Workbook, Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves, and My Body, My Words. He has published the books What's Normal Anyway? A comic about being trans male and OUTsider: Crossing Borders. Breaking Rules. Gaining Pride. Along with writing, Sallans travels the nation as a professional speaker where he provides keynotes, presentations and training to corporations, health care institutions, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities. You can learn more about him and his work by visiting his website:, or by following him on social media underneath the handle: Ryan Sallans.

Table of Contents

Prologue Selfies-Shaping Man

Part One Invisibility: Does Society Ever Want to See, Hear, and Speak with Trans Men?

Chapter 1 Gender Is Fake!

Chapter 2 Everyday Awkward Assumptions

Chapter 3 Accusations, Apologies, and Self-Awareness

Chapter 4 The Sour Patch of Being Eye Candy

Part Two A Wedding and Four Funerals: Stories of Love, Connection, and Loss

Chapter 5 Love Makes Me a Better Man

Chapter 6 Finding Peace with Being a Pet Dad

Chapter 7 Law and Disorder

Chapter 8 Groomed for This Moment

Chapter 9 Mortality Is Calling

Chapter 10 Tearing Down the Walls . . . Literally and Emotionally

Chapter 11 Blueprint for Mourning

Chapter 12 The Power of Family Ties

Chapter 13 Finding “Self” on the Other Side of the Mountain

Part Three Confidence: Stories of Facing Fear and Facing Myself

Chapter 14 Hitting My Second Rock Bottom

Chapter 15 Make America Great A . . .

Chapter 16 Hi, My Name Is . . .

Epilogue Transexual Menace

About the Author


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