'Scouting the Unknown'

International transgender speaker and author Ryan Sallans to speak at Luther Nov. 8

Born into a female body, international transgender speaker, consultant, publisher and author Ryan Sallans will speak at Luther College discussing his personal journey of transformation from childhood body struggles and development of an eating disorder during college to coming out as transgender and the difficulties he's faced financially, emotionally and mentally.

Sallans will speak on Luther's campus at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206. Following his presentation, he will sign copies of his book "Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life." Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Luther College Book Shop.

Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, the lecture and book signing are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Sallans will share his transition story, in an attempt to break assumptions and misperceptions regarding the transgender community. During his presentation, he'll also explain basic terminology and language regarding sexual assignment, orientation and gender. The lecture also includes how society has changed since he transitioned 12 years ago and the struggles he's experienced from employment and healthcare discrimination to rejection by family and friends.

Since 2005, Sallans has conducted more than 1,000 presentations and training sessions to students, professionals and the general public. He was featured on the LOGO channel documentary "Gender Rebel" in 2005, catapulting him into the spotlight. Since then, he's appeared on TV and radio shows and is a well-known speaker and advocate for the transgender community. He has visited more than 60 universities, in addition to giving keynote addresses and being a corporate speaker. Past clients include Mutual of Omaha, the U.S. Department of Energy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Nokia and Union Pacific.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.