Nate Cannon

Nate Cannon

Nate Cannon is an award winning, nationally recognized public speaker, trainer, and author. A fierce advocate for transgender rights, mental health awareness, and neurological health issues, he is 15 years sober and has completed 15 marathons since 2009 despite the onset of acquired dystonia, a painful and challenging neurological disorder. He speaks regularly to educators, law enforcement, health care providers, and the public regarding his experiences being transgender and in recovery, living with both mental illness and a physical disability resulting from a suicide attempt.

Running on a Mind Rewired, Nate's first memoir, was written under his former name Jennifer and has been used in chemical dependency and mental health curricula at high schools, colleges, treatment centers, and hospitals around the country. 

Dying to Hang with the Boys, his second memoir, addresses the complexities of undergoing gender transition while living with invisible disability. With direct dialogue on a number of current social justice issues, the book is a must read for anyone working in health and human services, law, law enforcement and corrections, or with an interest in LGBTQ or disability rights.

Nate holds a BA in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance from the University of Minnesota, a Paralegal certificate, and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hamline University. 

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