Seth Rainess lived a lie until he was in his fifties … a lie no one else should have to live.
That’s when he transitioned from female to male, leaving behind an unhappy life in which he could not be who he wanted to be: a man who loves riding motorcycles, hiking the Rockies, and punching holes in the fears and misconceptions people have about what it means to be transgender in a not always accepting world.
Possessing an MS degree in psychology and rehab counseling, Seth is a sought-after keynote speaker whose presentations to parents, students, educators and corporate audiences are known for their truthfulness and humor. Combining his 30+ years of experience working in the business sector as a team leader and manager with his passion for shifting perspectives, cutting through unconscious bias and emotional intelligence, he is able to offer wisdom from his own life in discussing the surprises, worries, joys and rewards of a diverse work environment.
He is a PFLAG facilitator and serves on the advisory board of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Gender Development and Sexuality Clinic. In addition, he is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and GLSEN (pronounced glisten), a national education organization dedicated to making schools safer for LGBTQ students.
Having grown up in the 1950s when the word transgender was virtually unknown, Seth feels a special affinity for transgender teenagers. That is why in 2016 he authored Real Talk for Teens: A Jump-Start Guide to Gender Transitioning and Beyond. It is the first book on transitioning written specifically for a teenage audience. Professionals are also recommending the book as well to anyone who is connected with the transgender community.