LGBTQ* Opportunities for Publication You May Have Missed:
The KNOWhomo family is excited to share an opportunity with you from our friend Ryan Sallans over at Scout Publishing, LLC. Got a story you want to share? The Outrider Review is looking for writing addressing issues of gender, sexuality, and identity to fill out its inaugural issue, due out in January 2014. They’ll be accepting creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, artwork, etc. For more information, see the link below. Good luck, and as always,
Keep On, Keeping on.
Call for submissions: All artists and writers who explore either gender, sexuality or identity The Outrider Review wants to see your work for the first volume, first issue, New Beginnings to be released January 1, 2014. To learn more visit the link! http://www.scoutpublishingllc.com/the-outrider-review/
LGBTQ* Profiles and Public Speakers You May Be Interested In
Ryan Sallans - 8 years of personal growth
I thought it might be fun to post side-by-side photos of how my facial structure has changed on testosterone use over the past 8 years. The years are noted by “year” after the number. The other numbers are the months on T.
For anyone thinking about starting testosterone or just recently have started I recommend maintaining a diary of your changes so that you can look back at your changes, where you have been, and where you are going.
My 8 year anniversary on T was last month and now I am reflecting back on my own experiences.
Physical Changes on T:
When it comes to physical changes, the first thing I noticed was my voice dropping in pitch, the first three months were very subtle but by month four there was a significant drop and it didn’t change much after month nine for me. …..Okay, maybe the first thing that I should of listed was an increase in libido. That happened right away and stayed with me for the first year (it died down a lot after as the years have gone by). Along with a change in libido, I also experienced a change in clitoral growth. Many (including myself) find this to be uncomfortable for the first few months, but after a while that discomfort also subsides.
The second thing I noticed was the changes in both body and facial hair. By month three I could make out noticeable hairs on the underside of my chin, by a year I had more on the underside of my chin and neck and a few coming in on the sides of my face. Sideburns didn’t really start to become noticeable until month 13 and my beard didn’t get to where it is today until year 7! As far as body hair, my chest and stomach are super hairy, but my back and behind remain hairless…for now.
The third thing I noticed was the stopping of menstruation. This took me six months to come to a full stop and after a year on testosterone I went in for a complete hysterectomy due to SEVERE cramping. Research and testimony is showing that this cramping usually goes away after one to three years on testosterone, but for people like me who couldn’t handle it and didn’t won’t those parts in, I can say that surgery does eliminate that problem.
As far as personality, that stays the same!
I’ll do a series of changes with my torso next week for those interested!
Ryan - Learn/see more about transitioning via my websitewww.ryansallans.com
Shout out post to fellow mods still in Virginia(!):
Ryan will be at VaTech on April 4th. -Rebecca
If you attend Rutgers University - Camden. I will be sharing my transition story and speaking on the topics of sexuality and gender on March 28th from 5 to 7 pm with a meet and greet and book signing after!
Not a Rutgers-Camden Student? Here is a list of other Universities I’ll be visiting/speaking at this spring:
- Northwest Missouri State University - March 15
- University of New England - March 27
- Iowa’s Safe School Coalition LGBTQ Youth Conference - April 3
- Virginia Tech - April 4
- University of South Dakota - April 9
- Drake University - April 16
- Equality Forum, Philadelphia - May 2
You can find out more on my website!
KNOWhomo Friends and Amazing Individuals We Hope You Read About
I hope you take time to check out Ryan’s page and are lucky enough to hear him speak at some point over the next few years.
This spring I will be sharing my transition from female-to-male story along with clinical details related to the transgender community with over 19 institutions and thousands of people. I’ve been doing this work for eight years now and continue to see the demand increase. If your University or institution is looking for a presentation for this fall, please contact me soon. My schedule gets fuller with each year that passes. I promise to inspire, make you laugh….and fill you with hope. http://www.ryansallans.com
LGBTQ* Full Documentary You May Have Missed
Personal Note: This documentary features Ryan Sallans during the early stages of his transition. I remember watching it a few years ago, around the same time I was gearing up to launch KNOWhomo’s tumblr page. At the time I had no idea I would have the opportunity to talk to Ryan and get to know him through Tumblr, events, outreach, and a few emails back-and-forth.
Gender Rebel Documentary
Back story from Ryan:
In 2005….when I first began my transition I ended up being part of the LOGO channel’s Real Momentum Series. The documentary I took part in was Gender Rebel. It use to be available to watch for free on LOGO…if folks haven’t watched it but would like to, I found the full version here.
As a side note: This documentary was one of the first of its kind to look at the term and identity “genderqueer” being one of the first….it doesn’t cover the term as it would be today. For me, I was questioning when I first contacted by the casting director and due to the strain that I had in my romantic relationship I was trying to compromise my identity…so I was testing out a genderqueer identity but discovered that didn’t fit me…this realization evolved as the crew was actually filming which makes for an interesting view of 1) identity development and 2) the conflict that can happen in a relationship that used to be lesbian-identified.
So in short, I recommend watching the documentary for the individual journey of each person featured and not for the expectation that the term genderqueer will be explored.
I also recognize that the characters are all Caucasian, this is due to the fact that other people cast decided not to participate when it was time for filming.
LGBTQ* Voices You Should Know
Ryan Sallans, trans* activist/educator/author, speaking at Memorial Park in Nebraska.
Check out Ryan’s book SECOND SON
Check out Ryan’s TUMBLR
KNOWhomo’s Tumblr Favorites (June 2012)
*Note: Tumblr Favorites/Crushes being posted early this month. KNOWhomo will be queued for for majority of June and this reflects June’s busiest activity. I highly recommend checking out all of these blogs (one or two is nice, too).
If you send them a shout out, tell them KNOWhomo sent you. Their moderators are all amazing individuals! -Rebecca
TRANS* Tumblrs You Should Know
In honor of the 11th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, here are some of the spotlighted and featured FTM blogs on tumblr and many of the people attending this year’s conference.
Personal Note: Trans* representation is NOT limited to these blogs and the above blogs do focus on FTM trans men. If you know of other trans* tumblrs (safe for work), please pass them my way. Thanks, -Rebecca
KNOWhomo’s Favorite Blogs
LGBTQ* Trans* Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs You Should Know
(A Few Of) The Personal Stories of the Trans* Community
1. The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolutionby Pagan Kennedy
2. A Strange Sort of Being: The Transgender Life of Lucy Ann/ Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1820-1912 by Bambi L. Lobdell
3. Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook
4. Nina Here Nor There by Nick Krieger
5. Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
6. Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life by Ryan Sallans
7. Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen
8. A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is todayby Kate Bornstein
9. She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
10. Transition: The Story of How I Became A Man by Chaz Bono
LGBTQ* Memoirs You Should Know
Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life - by Ryan Sallans
Over the last few months, Ryan has become someone I go to for insight and advice. He has become a voice I trust for both personal reflection and recommended materials. Ryan has become a great confidant for discussing diversity and gender. His ability to stay open minded and to supply both personal and sensible insight makes him someone I often direct my friends and colleagues to. I can honestly say that even though we only know each other via the internet, I am secure in calling him a confidant and friend.
A few weeks ago, Ryan sent me an advanced copy of his book Second Son. I found myself curling up and diving into the text faster than most of the texts on my bookshelf. To say I was entranced by his narrative would be an understatement (so much so that I nearly missed dinner because I was too busy flipping pages).
If I can sum up the work in only one word it would be raw.
Ryan holds little to nothing back within the pages of this autobiography. He admits to his own insecurities, relationship woes, job hassles, hopes, laughs, and life experiences with the honesty we find only in our closest friends. He has created a narrative that allows us to have questions answered that we often wonder but politely refrain from. He speaks of sexuality and gender without resentment. His relationships are kindly shared with us and in doing so we are not granted picture perfect ending but real beginnings, middles and currently standings. He doesn’t paint perfection. He simply recalls his own truths. You can not ask for more from a biographer.
Second Son gives hope in the way few memoirs do. Ryan doesn’t promise anything he can’t deliver. There is no ending. Ryan never claims to have all of the answers. Within his book he makes only one promise to his audience: this is his story thus far and he is still growing.
If I could offer you one recommendation for your spring reading list it would be Second Son. I believe that no personal library containing biographies or gender theory is complete without it. With all my heart, I hope this book finds its way to every university and educational system’s self, for I feel it will be the book that gives hope to many and extends compassion to all.