Nate Cannon is an incredible speaker and has a captivating story to tell—a story of resilience and awareness.
 
Sue Abderholden, MPH
Executive Director, NAMI-MN
National Alliance on Mental Illness
St. Paul, MN


Nate Cannon is a remarkable individual, and writes with honestly, clarity, and compassion about his transition from woman to man, addict to survivor, and his maturation into a confident, intelligent, and engaging person. His story is horrific and uplifting, and he gives us all hope as we try to deal with our difficulties or those of our friends. His first book, and now his new book, "Dying to Hang with the Boys," is a must read for anyone interested in gender reassignment, overcoming mental and physical disability, and healing.

Bernie Santarsiero
Co-Chair, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBT Queer People and Allies
University of Illinois at Chicago


Nate Cannon's memoir is a brave, powerful, and beautifully told story about universal human themes, as well as particular and timely ones: what it means to finally recognize one's true gender identity, and the struggle of living in a world that often fails to respect it. The storytelling is superb, the characters precisely drawn, the dramatic moments skillfully rendered. Dying to Hang with the Boys is a necessary book.

Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun (Random House, 2013)
Assistant Professor
Oregon St. University


Cannon's presentation as the keynote speaker at the UIC/The Reginald Sewell Foundation LGBQT mental health awareness seminar in September 2016 was riveting. Nate's journey captivated the audience as he took us through the mental and physical obstacles of his life. His story provided the audience a look into the world of mental illness and its correlation to suicide. Also provided a much needed lens on the struggle with gender acceptance.

Nate's triumphant journey is a story that is beneficial to others struggling & could be used by clinicians when faced with patients with a similar story.

Vikki Webster
Founder & Executive Director
The Reginald Sewell Foundation
Chicago, Il


Nate Cannon has both an amazing story to share and  an uncanny ability to connect with an audience. He is one of the best public speakers I have ever heard. Lucid and eye-opening, Cannon's memoir explores his history of gender reassignment, mental illness and disability with prose that is clear and engaging. Dying to Hang With the Boys is a great read.

Dan Field LCSW
Assistant Adjunct Professor
USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Los Angeles, CA


Nate Cannon is captivating when he unearths his intrepid journey. He eloquently gives light to his experiences of living with invisible disabilities. His passion and unrelenting advocacy for transgender, disability and mental health rights is catching and highly inspiring.
 
Melissa Traxler
Access Center Coordinator
Century College
White Bear Lake, MN


Nate Cannon eloquently describes his decision to change his physical body to what his mind and heart believed it was meant to be. The way Cannon describes the progression of the emotional and physical struggles is powerful and courageous as he opens his life, struggles, and story of recovery to people who do not have experience with the transgender community. 

Patti Hecht
Owner, ProCrisis LLC
Providing Crisis Intervention Training to Corrections and Police in the Midwest


Cannon’s story is a true definition of resiliency.  His vulnerability and passion are inspiring and brilliant.
 
Maxwell Poessnecker, M.S.
Associate Director Student Life and Director of LGBTQ Services  
Century College
White Bear Lake, MN


Nate and I have presented education sessions at several long term health care conferences   The audience is professionals who work in long term care and the aim is to help them understand the unique needs of LGBT older adults.  While I share the facts, Nate shares from his heart and his lived experience.  He is clear, direct and able to engage with audiences to help them develop empathy with the people they may meet.  He is able to bring audiences along on his journey and to help them relate to transgender individuals as complex individuals they may serve in their care.  

Marsha Berry, MA
Education Director
Training to Serve
St. Paul, MN


Nate Cannon works as a health care professional and is a sought-after speaker and advocate for mental health awareness. All of which makes his life story as fascinating as it is unlikely. He has been through mental illness, physical disability, and gender reassignment surgery—none of which most people notice, or even guess.

He is an outstanding speaker with an essential and timely story to tell. His presentation at the 2016 LAGPA Annual Conference at Antioch University in Los Angeles was exceptional and his delivery both precise and engaging. His insight into the unique challenges faced by transgender persons, especially those living with mental health issues, is invaluable to professionals and we look forward to his return in 2017. 

Along with his speaking, Nate has proven himself to be an exceptional writer. His next memoir, Dying to Hang with the Boys, should both change and save lives. It will explore the ways in which gender transition, identity, physical disability, addiction and recovery, and mental health all intersect and complicate each other, examining these issues from multiple angles—as patient, professional, and advocate. It will be a crucial addition to the mental health professional’s collection. 

Chuck Stewart, Ph.D.  
Executive Director
LAGPA of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA


Pay attention to Nate Cannon. He will take you places you never expected to go—and you will be moved and grateful for the journey.

Briana Libby
Public Awareness Programs Coordinator, NAMI-MN
National Alliance on Mental Illness
St. Paul, MN